Network Security, Critical Infrastructure Security, Threat Intelligence

EU political parties under hacktivist DDoS intrusions

DDoS attack

BleepingComputer reports that numerous distributed denial-of-service attacks have been deployed by hacktivist operations against European political parties amid the European Parliament election season.

At least three political party- and election-related websites in the Netherlands have already been subjected to DDoS attacks on June 5 and 6, one of which reached up to 115 million requests per hour and another peaked at 44 million requests per hour, a report from Cloudflare, which was able to thwart the intrusions, showed.

Both DDoS attacks have been claimed by the HackNeT — a hacktivist group unrelated to the Sandworm-linked XAKNET operation — which alleged the victims to be right-wing nationalist parties Forum for Democracy, or FvD, and Party for Freedom, or PVV.

Such incidents come days after Germany's anti-Russia Christian Democratic Union network was reported by the country's Federal Ministry of the Interior and Home Affairs to have been targeted by a significant cyberattack.

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