European Parliament Putin things back together after cyber attack
DDoS started not long after Russia was declared a state sponsor of terrorism
The European Parliament has experienced a cyber attack that started not long after it declared Russia to be a state sponsor of terrorism.
The Parliament on Wednesday passed a resolution that details Russia's illegal invasion of Ukraine, weighs international definitions of terrorism, and – over nine pages and 4250 words – concludes that Russia is a state sponsor of terrorism.
Not long after the resolution passed, this happened:
🚨The availability of @Europarl_EN website is currently impacted from outside due to high levels of external network traffic.— Jaume Duch (@jduch) November 23, 2022
This traffic is related to a DDOS attack (Distributed Denial of Service) event.
EP teams are working to resolve this issue as quickly as possible.
The president of the Parliament, Roberta Metsola, explained the incident as follows:
The @Europarl_EN is under a sophisticated cyberattack. A pro-Kremlin group has claimed responsibility.— Roberta Metsola (@EP_President) November 23, 2022
Our IT experts are pushing back against it & protecting our systems.
This, after we proclaimed Russia as a State-sponsor of terrorism.
My response: #SlavaUkraini
The attack appears to have made part of the Parliament's website inoperable and made access impossible for a few hours.
A pro-Russian group called KILLNET appears to have claimed responsibility for the attack in this slightly NSFW Telegram post.
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KILLNET is a plausible source of the attack. It is known to have used DDoS attacks on government websites – including trying to take out US government sites earlier this month.
Whatever the source, the IT team sorted things out. The Parliamentary website is once more available to the world – and the illegal invasion of Ukraine, and accompanying atrocities, continues. ®