Of nearly 200,000 cameras ordered to monitor upcoming Russian elections, the first to go online and begin broadcasting to the www.webvybory2012.ru Web site were found to have been DDoS attacked, Reuters news agency reported. Hackers upset with December elections they consider to have been fraudulent may be responsible. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin visited the Siberian town of Novosibirsk to inspect election monitoring cameras he ordered installed at over 90,000 polling stations ahead of a March parliamentary election.
We are launching this site ahead of time in order to understand the nature of the threats, Deputy Communications Minister Ilya Massukh told Reuters.
Putin had the Web connected cameras put in to stave off the accusations about rigged elections in December.
The most important thing is that the gear does not get swiped, Putin said, referring to the cameras. There have been such incidents already.
Russian ballot officials will use the cameras to oversee the counting and authentication of ballots during live broadcasts.
This will be the most transparent election in the world, Massukh said.
Russia can give a lesson in democracy to the world.
Start the slideshow to see Prime Minister Putin's visit to the tech sector in Novosibirsk.