DDos cyberattack by pro-Russian cybergang Killnet hits Romanian websites

Cyber ​​attack (Representative image)

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Bucharest: romanian government claimed responsibility for cyberattacks on the websites of public institutions, including the Ministry of Defence, on Friday. RomaniaThe cybersecurity agency said that the pro-Russians cybercriminality The group attacked government websites for supporting Ukraine against invading Russia.

Romania’s National Cybersecurity Agency said in a statement that a series of attacks hit “public institutions and private entities”. The agency claimed that the official websites of the Border Patrol, Ministry of Defense and Railways were affected by the DDoS attack.

According to the Romanian cybersecurity agency, several requests have been sent to websites to overload their servers. A government press release said: “This morning, by accessing the gov.ro, mapn.ro and politiadefrontiera.ro [Border Police]cfrcalatori.ro [National RailRoads] and the financial institution’s websites have been hit by a series of DDOS cyberattacks.”

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According to a news agency report AFPthe country’s cybersecurity agency said a group called “Killnetposted a message on Telegram claiming that they had carried out the attacks because of “Romania’s support for Ukraine in the military conflict with Russia”.

After receiving the information about the cyberattack, the authorities took action. Romanian government IT specialists are working to restore the affected websites. the romanian ministry of defense said the cyberattack blocked users’ access to the website. He also confirmed that the attack did not compromise the functioning of the website.

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Romania’s Intelligence Service (SRI) said the cybercriminals carried out the attack by taking control of equipment operating outside the country. The SRI also claimed that recently the Russian cybergang had also targeted official websites of various countries, including the United States, the Czech Republic, Poland and Estonia. Last week, the United States warned of massive Russian cyberattacks against Ukrainian allies.