The web site of the British royal household was knocked offline by a distributed denial of service (DDoS) assault yesterday morning. Russian hacker group KillNet claimed duty for the assault, posting about it on their Telegram channel. The location was reportedly down for round 90 minutes, though no entry to the web site, its programs, or its content material was gained, in accordance with The Telegraph.
Professional-Russian group KillNet identified for DDoS campaigns in opposition to international locations supporting Ukraine
KillNet is a pro-Russian hacktivist group that has been energetic since a minimum of January 2022. It’s identified for DDoS campaigns in opposition to international locations supporting Ukraine within the wake of the Russia-Ukraine battle. The assault on the royal web site got here simply days after King Charles condemned the invasion of Ukraine. The group claimed that the takedown was an “assault on paedophiles,” posting an image of King Charles with the phrases “they killed our web site” alongside it.
In November final yr, the European Parliament web site was additionally hit by a cyberattack claimed by KillNet shortly after lawmakers authorized a decision calling Moscow a “state sponsor” of terrorism.
UK NCSC warns of latest class of Russian cyber adversary
Earlier this yr, the UK Nationwide Cyber Safety Centre (NCSC) issued an alert warning of an rising menace from state-aligned teams, notably these sympathetic to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The alert said that newly emerged teams might launch “damaging and disruptive assaults” with much less predictable penalties than these of conventional cybercriminals. Deputy Prime Minister Oliver Dowden warned companies that Russia-linked cyberattack teams need to “destroy” the UK.
“Though these teams can align to Russia’s perceived pursuits, they’re typically not topic to formal state management, and so their actions are much less constrained and their focusing on broader than conventional cybercrime actors. This makes them much less predictable,” the NCSC stated.