Swedish Election Authority hit by three cyber attacks on day of vote

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Swedish Election Authority hit by three cyber attacks on day of vote
Voters are counted at Rosengårdsskolan in Malmö. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Sweden's Election authority has been hit by three DDoS cyber attacks in the space of less than 24 hours on the day of Sweden's general election.


According to the authority's executives, the  authority's website has been battling severe technical problems as a result of the attacks. 

"There have been three DDoS attacks against, one yesterday and two today. The most recent one is still happening," Anna Nyqvist, head of the authority's secretariat, told Sweden's TT newswire. "We have not yet managed to ascertain the extent to which visitors to the cite have been affected."


She said that the attacks had been reported to the police. 

She would not comment on whether the DDoS attacks had contributed to the delays the authority has had in handing over data on results over to the media. 

During the election, Sweden's regional governments have also faced problems with their telephone exchanges. 

"This meant that reporting coming in from the municipalities and regional governments was slowed down for a period. This problem was solved after 15 minutes," Nyqvist said. 

"The election result is not in danger," she said. 



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