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»Killnet«: Hackers attack Norwegian government websites


Hacktivists from Russia are said to have attacked and partially paralyzed several private and state-owned websites in Norway for hours. The hackers also had German targets in their sights.

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Members of the "Killnet" group are said to have already attacked the BKA: "We have recently seen similar attacks in other countries," says NSM director Sofie Nyström

Photo: Sebastian Gollnow / dpa

In Norway, numerous private and state institutions have become the target of a hacker attack.

According to the Norwegian security agency NSM, several websites and online services that are important to the population have been unavailable in the past 24 hours.

"A criminal pro-Russian group seems to be behind the attacks," said NSM on Wednesday.

"We've recently seen similar attacks in other countries," said NSM Director Sofie Nystrom.

On Monday there was a cyber attack on state and private companies in Lithuania.

The Russian hacker group »Killnet« confirmed the attack to the Reuters news agency.

The action was in retaliation for the dispute with Lithuania over the transit ban for certain goods to the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad.

The Norwegian radio broadcaster NRK has now reported that in the most recent case, "Killnet" started with the words "Good morning, Norway!

All departments to fight! «Called to the attack via the messenger app Telegram.

"Killnet" had repeatedly paralyzed government websites in western countries.

According to NRK, in a statement the group referred to a media report according to which Russia accused Norway of not being allowed to transport a cargo load of food for Russian miners to the island of Spitsbergen.

According to the information, the group also made threats against the Norwegian NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and described him as "our number one enemy".

The websites of German authorities have also been targeted by Putin fans, who often combine their attacks with pro-Russian propaganda.

A few weeks ago, for example, the websites of the BKA and the Federal Police were attacked by the group.

At the beginning of May, the hacktivists were also a topic in the so-called National Cyber ​​Defense Center.

So far, the group has attracted attention in Germany primarily with so-called DDoS attacks – i.e. with technically relatively simple overload attacks.


Source: spiegel

All tech articles on 2022-06-29

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