According to Rosselkhoznadzor, the attack was carried out on August 13. One of the servers of the state information system in the field of veterinary medicine, providing access through the web interface to components “Argus” and “Mercury” became the goal of hackers.
“Mercury” is a system of electronic veterinary certification. “Argus” is a system for issuing permits for the import of controlled products to Russia, as well as for its import and transit through the territory of the Russian Federation.
The agency noted the attack occurred at the same time with the beginning of shipments of food products to warehouses and registration of the necessary documentation. The failure of the system at this time would have the greatest negative effect. The police believed that the attack did not happen by accident.
Measures were taken on time, so the attack did not cause a malfunction in the information system. However, it was decided to strengthen the prevention of traffic control. On August 14, preventive measures were lifted.