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2020.04.23 09:34

Cyber attack on Lithuanian telecoms company takes down major websites

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LRT, BNS2020.04.23 09:34

Lithuanian telecommunication company Telia said on Wednesday it experienced a complex DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attack on Hostex, its web hosting and data centre subsidiary.

The attack led to some of the country’s major websites, including news portals, to go down temporarily, Telia said on Wednesday, adding that the attack came under control by 17:00.

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According to preliminary data, the attack originated from servers located abroad and was launched by a network of infected computers (a botnet).

"Telia's specialist teams separated the malicious flows and routed international Internet traffic via another connection," the company told BNS.

The attack slowed or brought down the websites of some companies, including BNS, the leading news wire service provider in Lithuania, as well as LRT.lt.

Telia said all of the websites were back online, adding that most of its IT services had not been affected by the attack.