(Reuters) – The website of Gazprom Neft, the oil arm of the Russian state gas giant Gazprom, went down on Wednesday after an obvious hack, in what looked like the latest attack on government-linked websites after Russia’s actions in Ukraine.
The website briefly showed a statement allegedly from Gazprom’s CEO Alexei Miller, a close ally of President Vladimir Putin.
Mr. Last month, Miller called on the gas giant’s 500,000 employees to gather around Mr. Putin to preserve Russia as a great power in the face of foreign hostility.
The statement attributed to him about what looked like a hacked version of the website cited him as critical comments about Russia̵7;s decision to send tens of thousands of soldiers to neighboring Ukraine, where thousands of soldiers and civilians have been killed.
The site stopped working shortly thereafter.
“The information published on the site on the morning of April 6 … is not true and can not be considered as an official statement of the company’s representatives or shareholders,” said Gazprom Neft.
A Gazprom spokesman dismissed the statement on the website as nonsense.
The state news agency’s website TASS was hacked in February to show a message urging Moscow to stop what it calls its “special operation” in Ukraine.