Russian Orthodox search engine cyber attacked
March 4, 2015. Russian filmmaker Yuri Grymov has presented his Rublev.com project, a data base on Orthodoxy and a social network for believers and all those taking an interest in Christianity. But the site was hacked just five hours after it appeared online reports Russian inform agency TASS an RT.
The website remained non-operational all-day long on the 4th of March, with the main page claiming a DDoS-attack. The website returned online on the 5th of March and is running in testing mode. Identity of the attackers remains unknown.
“Yesterday we launched the site in the test run mode. But after just five hours of work it was attacked. I am so surprised and upset that constructive ideas are like burrs in the saddle to some,” Grymov told TASS.
Grymov had been working on the project for two years as he had wanted to make it easier for people in Russia and from around the world to learn more about the faith. The site is said to focus on Orthodox Christian news and interviews with clerics expected to run blogs. The slogan says: “Seek and ye shall find.”
“This will be a convenient guide for worshipers as they will be able to search for everything they need including church calendars, icons and prayers. They will also be able to pose questions to the Russian Orthodox Church,” Grymov, who is also a member of the Culture Panel in the upper chamber of the Russian Parliament, said.
The site rublev.com, is not run by the Russian Orthodox Church, though Grymov did consult with representatives from the church to get their ideas surrounding the project.
“Our information desk treats the idea of such a site with benevolence and will read it with interest,” the Synod Information Department of the Church.