Swedish official websites hit by cyberattacks

Sep 03, 2012
A masked hacker, part of the Anonymous group, pictured in January 2012. Several Swedish official websites were knocked offline Monday, although no one has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Several Swedish official websites were knocked offline Monday, although no one has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

"I can confirm that the government site had problems today, but for security reasons, I cannot say more," Anna Dahlen, a government spokeswoman, told AFP adding that she did not know when the site would be back online.

Among websites hit were sweden.se—which gives general information about the country, studyinsweden.se and the armed forces' portal.

Patrik Braennstroem, webhost of sweden.se, said it "came under a DDoS (distributed ) attack."

He believes that other official sites were "undoubtedly" victims of the same attack.

As of Monday evening, no one had claimed responsibility for the incident.

"There were claims last night about regeringen.se being hit, but we really can't confirm it at this stage," a by the Swedish branch of Anonymous hackers said, referring to the government's website.

Anonymous "usually claims its attacks and does it noisily," Internet community expert Marcin de Kaminski told AFP.

Anonymous has carried out several cyberattacks against , including those of Poland and Greece.

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defactoseven
not rated yet Sep 04, 2012
You mean Anonymous is anonymous? That's unusual. I think, maybe clandestine. And just how noisy are they actually? in decibels?

Yes, American is an evolving language isn't it?
huntingsthompson
5 / 5 (2) Sep 04, 2012
My powers of deduction tell me this in retaliation for the arrest for the founder of TPB...
antialias_physorg
1 / 5 (1) Sep 04, 2012
Great. A picture of Anonymous, saying that Anyonymous has hacked websites elsewhere ... They coudln't be more blatant in insinuating that Anonymous did it (without having any evidence).

This has got to be a text-book case of prejudiced/biased reporting.

And yes. Even IF it iturns out later that Anonymous did it that wouldn't change the fact that such insinuations before any evidence or claims of responsibility are available are terrible journalism.
alfie_null
1 / 5 (1) Sep 04, 2012
Regardless of who is instigating these attacks, each time this DOS technique is used, its effectiveness is lessened (except perhaps in the minds of the attackers). Maybe a momentary fluctuation in the finances of some web site operator, but for the rest of the world - who cares?
Deathclock
not rated yet Sep 04, 2012
Great. A picture of Anonymous, saying that Anyonymous has hacked websites elsewhere ... They coudln't be more blatant in insinuating that Anonymous did it (without having any evidence).


Anon has no leadership hierarchy or membership roll, nor do they have any explicitly defined goals, objectives, or mission statements... anything that is done anonymously is, for all practical purposes, done by "Anonymous".