MEPs today called Russia a “state sponsor of terrorism” after a vote in the European Parliament. In revenge, the usual Kremlin hacktivists launched an attack against the institution’s site.
It’s almost a habit. The Russian Killnet Hacktivists [un collectif de hackers volontaires russes] launched a cyberattack against the European Parliament website on November 23. The platform was unavailable during the afternoon before resuming its activity around 6 p.m. The reason ? Strasbourg MPs voted a resolution today acknowledging Vladimir Putin’s regime as a sponsor of terrorism. Russia is therefore guilty before the European authorities of directly attacking civilians, energy infrastructures, hospitals, schools or even shelters.
Killnet hackers immediately reacted by launching a DDoS attack against the institution’s site. As a reminder, this type of offensive is the easiest way to disrupt a site. Hackers use a network of several thousand computers or connected objects so that they all connect simultaneously to the same server until it is saturated. In practice, it’s nothing fancy, it’s just boring. Hardly anyone would have noticed it, if the President of Parliament had not reported it on Twitter, speaking of a ” sophisticated attack “.
On their Telegram channel, hackers boast of having paralyzed the site: ” Official recognition of MEPs as sponsors of homosexuality! Bombing of the server part of the official website of the European Parliament “, can we read.
These hacktivists generally target anyone designated as an enemy of the Kremlin, which is virtually the entire West today. Thus, they usually attack the sites of institutions, airports, companies that support Ukraine. Emmanuel Macron’s campaign site was also targeted.
If this collective does not directly claim to be a Kremlin computer militia, US cybersecurity agencies label Killnet as a Moscow-backed group. The main thing is not so much to disturb, but above all to convey a message. For cyber experts, this cyberattack is a Wednesday like any other.