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Hackers' new target: Sweden's Riksbank

The Local · 3 Oct 2012, 23:37

Published: 03 Oct 2012 17:12 GMT+02:00
Updated: 03 Oct 2012 23:37 GMT+02:00

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“It’s come to our attention that Swedish government raided PRQ servers in order to shut down numerous file sharing and torrent websites,” wrote the Anonymous group on English-language image board website 4chan on Wednesday.

“This has gone too far. This is unacceptable. Anonymous says this stops right now. You don’t fuck with The Internet… Today we hit their wallets hard.”

The message continued by explaining that at 10pm on Wednesday the group will carry out a Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attack on Sweden’s Riksbank website.

During a DDOS attack, a website is bombarded with communication requests so that the servers become overloaded and the site crashes, and late Wednesday night the Riksbank's website was inaccessible.

"We've been hit by a DDOS attack," Riksbank spokesperson Fredrik Andersson told the TT news agency around 10.30pm on Wednesday.

A spokesperson for the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (Myndigheten för samhällsskydd och beredskap - MSB) told the Nyheter24.se news website that several other government related websites were hit including the Courts Administration (Domstolverket), the Armed Forces, the Riksdag, security service Säpo and the website of the government offices.

Earlier in the day, the Riksbank indicated it was taking the threat seriously:

“We recognize this as a public threat against websites and we are always trying to keep the web as safe as possible. We have people who are responsible for taking care of the web and IT security,” said Charlotta Edler, spokesperson of the Riksbank to the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper (SvD).

Police are also looking into the matter.

“We’re taking this threat as seriously as we did those previous. It’s hard to judge which are most serious, but anyone handling IT should ensure that the systems can withstand threats,” said Anders Ahlqvist, an IT crimes expert with the Swedish police.

Throughout Wednesday, many university sites around the world were also hacked, including Sweden's Uppsala and Lund universities.

Over 100 universities were hacked worldwide, according to Sweden's national broadcaster Sveriges Television (SVT), including Cambridge in the UK and Harvard, Princeton and Stanford in the US.

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The warning for Wednesday night's attack came soon after the official website of Sweden's National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) went down on Tuesday night, although no one has so far claimed responsibility for this.

Websites for the Swedish government offices and for the Riksdag, Sweden's parliament, were rendered inaccessible as well on Wednesday night

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18:32 October 3, 2012 by byke
Seriously is this really journalism?

Or a week attempt to lure so called members of the group? LOL

4chan ? seriously is that the locals source now?


Anyone who googles the words used can clearly see no reference apart from a story on TL.

Says a lot about quality of journalism from TL in Sweden.
21:28 October 3, 2012 by B.olesen
If they really want to do something, they should try to hack into some immigration records. Considering where I live, what I see on television, and the people around me, i find it very hard to believe the immigration rates are as low as they say.
21:53 October 3, 2012 by byke
How do you bolster up false nationalism by lies and deceit?

Simple, you plant a rogue story that someones freedom is being undermined and it will be done by thousands of hits being aimed at one particular website at a specific time (thus causing it to crash) .... but what happens if its actually "friendly fire" that causes it to crash brought forth from political propaganda? And natives going to see if it has actually happened? Will that then be reported? Or just fobbed off as a way to booster hatred in the lie of self preservation?
08:37 October 4, 2012 by smilingjack
no trams this morning. hhmmm
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