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Royal Family website hit with cyberattack by Russian hackers

Written by Wed 4 Oct 2023

Russian hackers have led a cyberattack that forced the Royal Family website offline. KillMilk, the leader of Russian hacking group Killnet, claimed responsibility for the attack on social networking site Telegram.

However, Buckingham Palace insiders suggested that it was impossible to know at this stage who was responsible for the attack.

The royal.uk website was down for 90 minutes on Sunday morning after a denial-of-service (DoS) attack. This attack causes sites to be disrupted because they are bombarded and overloaded with unnecessary traffic.

A royal source told The Mirror that no access to royal household systems, content, or sensitive information was gained.

The Royal Family website briefly displayed an ‘error’ message after the cyberattack before returning to normal by midday.

“Whether you are a prince or pauper, cybercriminals are coming for you, and this incident is another reminder of the dangers posed by sophisticated online attacks,” said Oseloka Obiora, CTO of RiverSafe.

Last year, Killnet was cited in a joint warning by the ‘Five Eyes’ alliance regarding cyberattacks on critical infrastructure. The alliance comprises of intelligence agencies from the UK, US, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand.

“Organisations of all… sizes need to urgently update their cyber defences, both in terms of skills and software, to prevent malicious hackers from achieving their insidious objectives,” added Obiora.

The number of cyberattacks against governments are on the rise in 2023. In August, the UK Electoral Commission reported a ‘complex cyberattack on its systems’ by hostile actors.

Analysis by Atlas VPN stated Russian hackers are believed to be responsible for approximately 29% of these attacks. Netacea research also revealed that most bot attacks come from Russia and China.

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Written by Wed 4 Oct 2023

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