Russia was the target of nearly 25 million cyber-attacks during the FIFA World Cup tournament, according to President Vladimir Putin.

In a meeting with security forces Putin is quoted as saying:
“During the World Cup almost 25 million cyber-attacks and other criminal attempts on Russia’s information infrastructure, connected in one way or another to the running of the football World Cup, were neutralised.”

Who are we to ask questions about the figures? After all, the cyber underground is a seething hotbed of all sorts of criminal activity.

In a flourish of generosity Putin also reportedly promised to create a flexible visa regime for the fans that “have fallen in love with Russia,” and allow those who have Russia 2018 fan IDs to freely travel the country until the end of the year.

Russia, which hosted the World Cup from June 14 to July 15 in 11 cities and 12 stadiums, has been repeatedly accused by Western countries of conducting cyber-attacks including hacking the 2016 US elections.
The government has denied previous accusations that it carried out cyber-attacks on the United States and other countries.