Source(s) Politico, RTÉ
"I confirm that the Parliament website has been subject to an external cyber attack, but the Parliamentary services are doing well to defend the Parliament,"
Dita Charanzová, Czech MEP and Parliament vice president responsible for cybersecurity, said in a statement.
The attack is what's known as a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, in which massive amounts of traffic are sent to servers in an attempt to block internet users from accessing websites, Marcel Kolaja, European Parliament member for the Czech Pirate party, confirmed.
"We have a strong indication that it is from Killnet, the hackers with links to Russia."
said Eva Kaili, Greek member and vice president of the European Parliament.
European Parliament President Roberta Metsola tweeted to say that a "pro-Kremlin group" had claimed responsibility.
Earlier this year, a European Court of Auditors report found that the number of cyber attacks against EU institutions, bodies and agencies had increased sharply.
What is a DDoS attack?
A distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack is a malicious attempt to disrupt the normal traffic of a targeted server, service or network by overwhelming the target or its surrounding infrastructure with a flood of Internet traffic. Read More on DDoS
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