Cyber games continue as Ukrainian hacktivists take down NATO websites
CyberBerkut claims it brought down NATO's main website (nato.int), as well as the sites of the alliance's cyber defense center (ccdcoe.org) and NATO's Parliamentary Assembly (nato-pa.int).
The group, in a message posted on its website, says its members will "not allow the presence of NATO occupation on the territory of our homeland!"
The hacktivists also claimed that they are countering the action of the so-called "Tallinn cyber center"or NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, which has been hired by the "Kiev junta" to carry out "propaganda among the Ukrainian population through the media and social networking."
The Western cyber network, hactivists claim, is hiding behind the façade of the so-called "Maidan Cyber Sotnya" and helps "blocking objective sources of information and concealing criminal activities of those calling themselves the 'legitimate authority.'"
NATO has confirmed attacks on its websites via twitter, saying sites suffered from "significant DDoS attack." No critical systems has been hit and the integrity of NATO systems remains intact, NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu said.
Several #NATO websites have been target of significant DDoS attack. No operational impact. Our experts working to restore normal function.
Since the coup deposed legitimate authorities in Kiev, CyberBerkut - named after the riot police unit that became an "arch-enemy" of Maidan - has pledged to fight against the stream of "neo-fascist propaganda" from "vicious and corrupt media."
Cyberattacks from the other side of the barricades have also escalated over the recent weeks as Ukrainian and Western media were spinning the story of a "Russian military invasion" in Ukraine. Cyber activists supporting the Maidan coup were targeting Russian government websites and media.
Just this Friday, unidentified hackers temporarily brought down the Russian presidency's site and the Central Bank's web page in a wave of online attacks. "A powerful cyber-attack is underway on the [Kremlin] site," a Kremlin spokeswoman said, adding they had been unable to discern who had carried out the attack.
The Russian Foreign Ministry's website also suffered disruptions Friday. They did not rule out that the problems could also be connected with hacker attacks.
On Thursday, media sites in Russia also experienced cyber-attacks. Anonymous Caucasus claimed responsibility for taking down Russian Channel One's website. Meanwhile, the Russia-24 TV channel said on its website that the internet resources of the All-Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (VGTRK) were also targeted in a "massive network attack." Earlier in the week hackers targeted the website of news outlet LifeNews, slamming the organization as the "lapdogs of the FSB [Russian security service]."
DDoS attacks or denial-of-service attacks work by flooding the target server with communications requests, so that it becomes unavailable for users, without breaking the system's integrity.
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Ukrainian CyberBerkut takes down NATO websites Published time: March 16, 2014 03:42 Get short URL http: rt.com news nato-websites-ddos-ukraine-146 The hacktivist group calling itself CyberBerkut has claimed responsibility for taking down 3 NATO websites in a series of DDoS attacks. The group criticizes NATO for stirring up turmoil in Ukraine and...
CyberBerkut claims it brought down NATO's main website (nato.int), as well as the sites of the alliance's cyber defense center (ccdcoe.org) and NATO's Parliamentary Assembly (nato-pa.int). The group, in a message posted on its website, says its members will "not allow the presence of NATO occupation on the territory of our homeland!" The...
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properREDeye wrote March 17, 2014 5:10:21 PM CET
Is it surprising some citizens are retaliating against the origin of the support that brought about the corrupt and illegal seizure of power by murderous crime syndicates in their country?! The West are not getting the correct version of events from mainstream news (big surprise). Another cold war is being ignited under our feet and the general public are not holding the correct people responsible or listening to the right voices. If these money enslaved western politicians are not prevented from this course of action, the whole of Europe will surely pay a high price, through the exploitative pollution and extraction of resources of the land and their propagandised war. Clearly there are huge irregularities in EU behaviour here, they have accepted the current government as legitimate although they murdered police to become self appointed leaders, yet they are refusing to recognise a record landslide 96% democratic vote for Crimea to remain Russian. What a farce!!!