A pro-Russian hacking group took responsibility for an alleged attack on a section of the FBI’s website this week, in the latest high-profile attack on U.S. government websites, according to Newsweek.
On Monday, the hacking group Killnet shared a post on its Telegram channel claiming an attack on the FBI’s law enforcement resources site. The post included a screenshot of what seemed to be a failed attempt to access the site and was originally shared by another account called “RADIS,” which mentions the “Killnet team” and the protection of Russian cyberspace in its bio.
In a follow-up post to Telegram on Monday, RADIS wrote, “Glory to Russia and KILLNET.”
It was not immediately known if RADIS is a member of Killnet’s hacking group.
Cybersecurity company Better Cyber tweeted early Monday that the FBI page was unreachable following a distributed-denial-of-service attack (DDoS), however, when Newsmax accessed the site Monday afternoon there did not appear to be any issues.
According to U.S. networking firm Cisco, DDoS attacks are sophisticated and designed to flood the network with unnecessary traffic, making it difficult or impossible to access a website.
The IT company said 33% of DDoS attacks last an hour while 60% last less than a full day. Fifteen percent last as long as a month.
Newsmax was unable to verify the pro-Russian hacking group’s claims and has reached out to the FBI for confirmation.
If true, the attack would come a month after Killnet claimed to have carried out attacks on U.S. airport websites, including Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. No airport operations were reportedly impacted.
Several U.S. government websites were allegedly downed by the pro-Russian group in early October and it ostensibly launched a cyberattack in August against American defense contractor Lockheed Martin.
The recent attacks have occurred amid strained U.S.-Russia relations, as the United States has stood with other Western nations in supporting Ukraine as it battles Russia for its sovereignty.
After Russian President Vladimir Putin’s forces crossed into Ukraine on Feb. 24, the West condemned the unprovoked invasion and quickly moved to impose crippling sanctions on Russia.
A coalition of Western nations, including the U.S., has been providing a steady stream of aid to Ukraine throughout the nearly nine month conflict, while stopping short of putting boots on the ground and getting directly involved.
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