Pro-Russian cybercrime gang bombs Romanian government websites – News

The group has carried out a series of attacks against “public institutions and private entities” because of the country’s support for Ukraine



By AFP

Published: Sat 30 Apr 2022, 09:43

Last update: Sat 30 Apr 2022, 09:49

A pro-Russian cybercrime group has attacked Romanian government websites over the country’s support for Ukraine, Romania’s cybersecurity agency said on Friday.

A series of attacks hit “public institutions and private entities”, Romania’s National Cybersecurity Agency said in a statement.

So-called Ddos attacks, where multiple requests are sent to a website to overload its servers, took several websites offline for minutes, including the Ministry of Defence, Border Police and the Railways.

The cybersecurity agency said a group called “Killnet” posted a message on Telegram saying they carried out the attacks because of “Romania’s support for Ukraine in the military conflict with Russia”.

The Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) said cybercriminals had “exploited vulnerabilities” in websites by “taking control of equipment operating outside Romania”.

He added that Killnet had recently targeted official US, Polish, Czech Republic, Estonian and NATO websites.

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The United States and its main partners in the “Five Eyes” intelligence alliance said last week that they had information warning of massive Russian cyberattacks being prepared against Ukraine’s allies.

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