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Swedish intelligence agency hit by IT-attack

TT/The Local · 4 Nov 2009, 07:44

Published: 04 Nov 2009 07:44 GMT+01:00

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The National Defence Radio Establishment (Försvarets radioanstalt – FRA) was bombarded with email sent from a large number of computers in a denial-of-service (DoS) attack.

“It started on Monday afternoon. When we noticed the attack we shut down the site ourselves. Since then we’ve had technicians working to clean out the system so we could start to use the site again on Tuesday,” said FRA spokesperson Anni Bölenius to the TT news agency.

Nevertheless, FRA’s home page continued to be plagued by disturbances well into Tuesday night.

Bölenius emphasized that agency’s signals intelligence operations weren’t compromised by the attack.

“An intrusion is basically impossible to carry out against us. This doesn’t impact our operations,” she said.

While FRA’s primary mission is to help other government agencies avoid cyber attacks, Bölenius denied that the attack against FRA constituted an embarrassment for the agency.

“No, it’s not the least bit embarrassing. DoS attacks are almost impossible to defend against,” she told TT.

The agency’s chief spokesperson warned that such attacks are happening with increasing frequency.

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“Lately we’ve seen this type of IT attack increase and there are many who’ve been affected. It’s hard to defend oneself against attacks of this sort which involve overwhelming a website,” said FRA head spokesperson Jan Donnér in a statement.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

09:54 November 4, 2009 by peropaco
Swedish intelligence. Hmmm. what a strange word. It is possible to protect a network from DoS attacks. Its called vulnerability assessment to remediate the flaws created by the idiots who wrote the programs and configured the network
12:05 November 4, 2009 by Ozpot
Again another cyber threat story I am seeing more and more of these stories, not just in the Swedish news.

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12:25 November 4, 2009 by Nemesis
The FRA, really needs to go on a trianing course, with MI6 or the KGB to learn some basic security.

Seriously this is beyond a joke. We are talking here about Sweden's security aparatus. This needs to sorted out and fast.

Whoever is in charge of IT in the FRA, needs to be questioned as to who they are actually working for, as this was completely preventable and is the duty of the IT department to prevent.

@ Ozpot,

Please keep the conspiracy theories for a conversation with a psychiatrist.

For your information, Sweden and all other European countries are not in the USA. The Local is based in Europe, not the USA.

We are in Europe, not the USA. Please remember that.
12:32 November 4, 2009 by CanadianCoder
DoS attacks are not that easy to defend. And whether defendable or not, it doesn't really constitute any embarassment as far as I'm concerned. It isn't like any data was stolen or lost. no big deal really.
13:06 November 4, 2009 by Ozpot
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Ahhh group therapy now that feels better..
16:27 November 4, 2009 by Zatoichi
How come no comments allowed on the "Ex-moderate Muslim to form 'anti-Zionist' party in Sweden" article?
16:59 November 4, 2009 by ropegun247
Don't be naive! Do you think that the FRA will make public anything that could possibly show that their IT security has been compromised?

There probably has been attempts at the real stuff and there will never be a word written about it to the public.
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