Poland and Slovakian parliament rattled by sudden DDoS attack
Poland and Slovakia’s Parliament operations came to a standstill on Thursday as they were hit by a cyberattack.
The cyberattack seems to be a DDOS attack and has been associated with Russia. Under a DDoS attack, multiple devices are connected online, which is termed as a botnet, and used to create fake traffic to bring down the IT systems. Post the attack Polish Senate’s website was disrupted. Moreover, the Slovakia Parliament postponed the voting as the IT systems were not functioning smoothly.
The Polish Senate released a statement confirming the attack and stated that the attacks were multidirectional and are associated with the Russian Federation.
The members of the Polish Parliament had voted to declare Russia a “terrorist regime” in a resolution that was passed a day before the attack. Russian raiders have been threatening the Ukrainian population by targeting and bombarding its civilians. They have not even spared kindergartens, theatres, schools, and residential areas. Such life-endangering movements by Russians have been recognized as an act of terrorism by the Polish government.
On Thursday, a hacker group known as the Cyber Army of Russia declared the attack on the Polish website through the Telegram Channel. The group also posted the news of the attack on its channel.
Parliament speaker Tomasz Grodzki told the Sources, they suspect that the attack is a counterattack against the resolution passed. The systems were hacked, and operations were disrupted for nearly 40 minutes.
Another member of the Slovakian Parliament stated that they were about to start the voting process when the head of the administrative department informed them that the IT systems had been hacked.
Any cyberattack shakes the entire IT system, and operations and replacement costs are huge. This attack has impacted the Parliamentary sessions and the sessions have been postponed till November 8. As per sources, the replacement of the affected systems will cost around 20 million euros.
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