Posts tagged as cyber attack

Lithuania launches probe into cyber attacks stoking panic amid migration crisis

Friday, July 30, 2021

Lithuania’s Cyber Security Centre has launched an investigation into alleged disinformation about planned locations of migrant centres. The perpetrators are spreading false information about where migrants might be accommodated, stoking fears among local communities, according to Interior Minister Agnė Bilotaitė. “I have information about cyber attacks trying to spread disinformation about plans to set up accommodation centres in some municipalities – this is being done purposefully, in order to inflame…

Lithuanian MFA is under cyber attack

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

The official email of Lithuania’s Foreign Ministry has been used in a recent “spoofing” attack. The ministry said on Tuesday that a number of Lithuanian institutions and individuals received emails from urm@urm.lt (URM is the Lithuanian abbreviation for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Užsienio reikalų ministerija), asking the recipients “to urgently submit” documents. A password-protected file and the password were attached to the email. Amid a recent increase in information…

Lithuania came under worst cyber attack in years, says defence minister

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Earlier this month, Lithuania faced one of the “largest and most complex” cyber attacks in recent years, according to Defence Minister Arvydas Anušauskas. The attack which took place “on the eve of the government’s transition […] was prepared in advance and with a goal in mind,” he said in a statement published on Wednesday. After analysing the December 9 incident, the Defence Ministry’s National Cyber Security Centre (NKSC) said the…

Cyber attack on Lithuanian telecoms company

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Lithuanian telecommunication company Telia said on Wednesday it experienced a complex DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attack against Hostex, its web hosting and data centre company. The attack led to some of the country’s major websites, including news portals, to go down temporarily, Telia said on Wednesday, adding that the attack came under control by 17:00. According to preliminary data, the attack originated from servers located abroad, and was launched by a…

Cyber attack threatened water supply in Lithuania’s Kaunas – report

Thursday, April 16, 2020

A cyber incident last year threatened to disrupt the water supply in Kaunas, Lithuania’s second biggest city, according to a report released on Thursday. “Had the cyber incident not been managed on time, it is likely that water supply in the city of Kaunas could have been affected,” according to the annual report compiled by Lithuania’s National Cyber Security Centre, part of the country’s Defence Ministry.During the attack, data managed…

Disease prevention department backtracks on cyber attack claim

Thursday, February 27, 2020

The Center for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC) – which is one of the agencies responsible for handling Latvia’s preaprations for the coronavirus – announced February 27 its website had come under suspected cyber attack at noon, but backtracked on the claim a couple of hours later. The initial announcement was made via SPKC’s Twitter account and said efforts were being made to counter the cyber-attack. SPKC has been one of…

Disease prevention website comes under suspected cyber attack

Thursday, February 27, 2020

The Center for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC) – which is one of the agencies responsible for handling Latvia’s preaprations for the coronavirus – announced February 27 its website had come under suspected cyber attack at noon. The announcement was made via SPKC’s Twitter account and said efforts were being made to counter the cyber-attack. LSM.LV

Ukrainian authorities block large cyber attack

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Ukrainian security authorities have stated that a massive cyberattack has been thwarted and claimed Russia was to blame for the alleged digital assault. American news agency AP reports that on Tuesday, December 5, the Security Service of Ukraine made an announcement that hackers used malicious accounting documents to target the information technology systems of the country’s judiciary.   The body characterised the alleged hacking as «massive», but gave little detail…

Fake news on ‘NATO plans to attack Belarus’ planted on Lithuanian news website

Saturday, November 10, 2018

A fake news story alleging that NATO is planning to attack Belarus was planted on Kas Vyksta Kaune (What’s on in Kaunas) during a cyber-attack in late October, the news website said on Thursday. “We urgently took steps to locate the story and remove it from the portal,” Brigita Sabaliauskaitė, the website’s editor, said in a press release. “We also launched an internal investigation to find out how this story…

Eight EU states push for sanctions for cyber-attackers

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Eight EU member states, including the UK and the Baltic countries, are pushing the bloc to impose sanctions on cyber-attackers as Europe seeks to strengthen its electronic defences. The states are calling for the urgent creation of a legal framework to hit hackers, warning that a lack of tough action leaves the impression that cyber-attacks would go unpunished. The move comes amid growing concern at Russia’s alleged malign cyber activities,…