Swedish government sites reel under Anonymous attack

  • TARGET: www.gotahovratt.se
  • TARGET: www.svea.se
  • TARGET: www.polisen.se
  • TARGET: www.socialstyrelsen.se
  • TARGET: www.myndigheterna.se
  • TARGET: www.forsvarsmakten.se
  • TARGET: www.antipiratbyran.se/
  • TARGET: www.domstol.se
  • TARGET: www.fra.se
  • TARGET: www.sverige.se
  • TARGET: www.spray.se
  • TARGET: www.sweden.se
  • TARGET: www.kriminalvarden.se
  • TARGET: www.riksdagen.se
  • TARGET: www.regeringen.se
  • TARGET: www.sweden.gov.s
  • TARGET: www.sakerhetspolisen.se/
  • TARGET: www.säpo.se
  • TARGET: www.securityservice.se/

says The Local:

“On Monday, a series of Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attacks occurred in Sweden which paralyzed the websites of several banks, Sweden’s main news agency TT, as well as a number of Swedish government agencies.

During a DDOS attack, a website is bombarded with communication requests so that the servers become overloaded and the site crashes.

Anders Hansson, head of the Computer Security Incident Response Team with the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (Myndigheten för samhällsskydd och beredskap – MSB), explained there was little organizations could do to protect themselves against DDOS attacks.

“If those who lie behind the attack have decided to bring a website down, then it’s going down. The challenge is to shorten the time the side is down by filtering and softening the attack,” he told the TT news agency.

Hansson’s agency is currently attempting to inform companies and government agencies about the threat of potential attacks.

“When there are threats, we take them very seriously and try to assess what the targets might be,” he said.

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