The European Parliament website was the target of a hack by a pro-Russian group shortly after EU lawmakers overwhelmingly approved a resolution listing Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism.
The retaliation taken against the European Chamber’s portal consisted of a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, a technique applied to servers in order to bring them down by exceeding their capacities with a torrent of requests , which are sent with this intention.
DDoS attack fell on the portal of the European Parliament
In these situations, attackers make websites inaccessible by bombarding them with unwanted packets of data. By their nature, DDoS attacks do not affect information stored on servers or damage networks because they do not penetrate them. However, they are still a major nuisance considering that they usually target public interest websites.
At the time of this incident with the European Parliament’s website, Roberta Metsola, President of the European Legislature, communicates via his Twitter account that Parliament “is the subject of a sophisticated cyber attack” and what a “Pro-Kremlin group has taken responsibility”. To put a cold rag on the situation, Metsola also said that the “EU IT experts resist and protect our systems”.
Subsequently, Jaume Duch, spokesman for the legislature, reported that the website had failed “influenced from outside by high external network traffic”confirms that “This traffic is related to a DDOS attack event”.
By a vote of 494 to 58, with 48 abstentions, MEPs decided to step up pressure on Russia to try anyone responsible for war crimes committed since the invasion of Ukraine began in an international court. Without going very far, Metsola commented that the attack took place “after we declared Russia a state sponsor of terrorism”.
DDoS attacks, the effects of which are generally not permanent, appear as a tool used by hacktivists with the main purpose of “making noise” in the face of a given situation. In general, their impact does not go beyond a temporary collapse, although on other occasions they are used as a smoke screen to divert attention from other more complex cyberattacks.
At the time of publication of this announcement, the European Parliament website works normally now.
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