The European Parliament victim of a cyberattack, just after a vote on Russia

Hard to believe in a coincidence. This Wednesday, November 23, the European Parliament voted a resolution qualifying Russia as a “State promoter of terrorism”. In the process, the organization’s site was the victim of a cyberattack.

European leaders are up in arms against Russia

In detail, a group of pro-Kremlin hackers claimed responsibility for this act, which was done via a denial of service attack or Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS). On Twitter, the institution’s spokesperson, Jaume Duch, explained: “The availability of the European Parliament website is currently affected externally due to high levels of traffic on the external network. (…) The EP teams are trying to solve this problem as quickly as possible. »

In the end, traffic quickly returned to normal, but this gesture clearly did not go unnoticed. The President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, also wanted to react: “A pro-Kremlin group has claimed responsibility” for this “sophisticated cyberattack. My response: #SlavaUkraini” (Glory to Ukraine)”.

For his part, French MEP Raphaël Glucksmann replied: “We are passing this resolution calling Russia a state sponsor of terrorism, calling the actions of the Russian military terrorist actions and then we have a cyberattack. This is not the first cyberattack we have suffered. This regime is a threat to European collective security..

Very simple attacks to perform

How exactly does a denial of service attack work? It is a malicious operation that aims to compromise a computer system by using several other systems. Concretely, a very large number of requests are made simultaneously in an attempt to block the site of an organization or an individual.

These types of attacks have been on the rise lately because they are relatively simple to carry out and allow hackers to achieve spectacular feats at little cost. A record number of DDoS was thus recorded in 2021. According to cybersecurity experts, the explosion in the number of devices connected to the Internet is largely responsible for the explosion of denial of service attacks.

We know that connected objects are often too insecure. It also sometimes happens that they have no password, a godsend for hackers. However, there are ways to protect yourself from these cyberattacks. For example, hosts often set up filters in the event of non-traditional traffic.

More generally, if you are interested in the issues of cyberwar between great powers, you can read our analysis on the subject of the war in Ukraine.

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