The European Parliament website was down for several hours on Wednesday after “Pro-Kremlin” hackers retaliated against Russia’s designation as a state sponsor of terrorism, according to reports.
Earlier in the day, Reuters reported, European lawmakers voted to declare Russia a state sponsor of terrorism, saying the country’s use of military strikes on hospitals, schools and energy infrastructure violated international law.
The declaration is mainly symbolic because the European Union cannot enforce the declaration with a legal framework.
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After the vote, hackers blocked the European Parliament’s website for several hours, Reuters said, with a distributed denial-of-service attack. The site was back up two hours later.
“The European Parliament is under a sophisticated cyberattack,” said the president of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, on Twitter. “A pro-Kremlin group has claimed responsibility. Our IT experts are lobbying against it.” [and] protecting our systems.
“This, after we proclaimed Russia a state sponsor of terrorism. My answer: #SlavaUkraini,” she added, meaning Glory to Ukraine.
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A distributed denial-of-service attack is “a malicious attempt to disrupt the normal traffic of a targeted server, service, or network by overwhelming the target or its surrounding infrastructure with an avalanche of Internet traffic.”
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