Suspected Russian hackers paralyze websites of German authorities - retaliatory actions?
Created: 05/07/2022, 20:31
By: Christina Denk
The Ukraine war is also a cyber war.
Hacker attacks happen all the time.
The latest attack paralyzed sites in the Bundestag and the Bundeswehr.
Berlin - The Federal Office for Security and Information Technology (BSI) has been warning of cyber attacks from Russia since the beginning of the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine.
The recommendation since then: increase IT security measures.
Now there were apparently attacks on several government websites.
The pages were temporarily paralyzed.
Cyber attacks: Bundeswehr and Scholz website paralyzed – Russian hackers claim responsibility for the attack
According to information from the news magazine
, the attacks on May 2 were directed against the Ministry of Defence, the Bundestag, the Federal Police and several state police authorities.
Chancellor Olaf Scholz's SPD website is also said to have been affected.
According to the report, these were so-called DDoS attacks (“Distributed Denial of Service”), in which the attackers wanted to paralyze servers with a flood of requests.
The Russian hacker group "Killnet" has confessed to this in the messenger service Telegram.
, according to the authorities, it is a matter of retaliatory actions for German arms deliveries to Ukraine.
On Friday (May 6) Germany confirmed the delivery of self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine.
Anti-aircraft missiles, as well as ammunition or rockets had already been delivered.
Cyber attacks from Russia?
– Bavarian Ministry of the Interior confirms “several waves of attacks”
The attacks were confirmed by several German authorities.
The Federal Ministry of Defense admitted that there had been attacks on the Bundeswehr's website and that the services were temporarily unavailable.
The Bavarian Ministry of the Interior spoke of "several waves of attacks" with regard to the pages of the state police, which, however, only led to longer loading times.
A spokesman for the Bundestag described the incident as an "unsuccessful attempt at attack that did not cause any damage here."
Russian hackers have claimed responsibility for a cyber attack on German authorities.
The website of the Bundeswehr, here during an exercise in Sassnitz, was temporarily paralyzed.
© Frank Hormann/dpa
The BSI did not want to comment further, but also announced that attacks of this type are technically not particularly sophisticated and can be easily repelled with standard technologies.
In the event of a serious attack, there are also concerns about the German power grid.
Emergency solutions are ready for this, the BSI assured in March.
Cyber attacks from Russia: Ukraine was already experiencing serious attacks before the escalation
Even before the Ukraine conflict escalated, there had been an alleged attack from Russia on Ukraine.
The targets of the cyber attack were the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense and two important state banks.
Something similar had happened in the past.
In 2015, Russian hackers paralyzed part of Ukraine's power grid.
Cyber attacks on Russia: Attacks also occur the other way around.
At the end of March, the hacker collective Anonymous launched an attack on the Russian central bank.
Anonymous is an Internet phenomenon, under whose alias activists are increasingly demonstrating politically with hacker attacks, among other things.
Away from the virtual world, there was a suspected arson attack on the building of the Russian news agency Ria Novosti in Berlin.
All current developments on the Ukraine war are available in the news ticker on the military situation.