A number of private and non-private web sites in Lithuania had been quickly hit by a concerted cyberattack on Monday, authorities say.
In line with Jonas Skardinskas, director of the Nationwide Cyber Safety Centre, the assaults “most likely” originated in Russia and have already been “contained”.
The professional-Kremlin group Killnet has claimed accountability in a video on their Telegram account.
The incident comes only a week after Kremlin officers threatened to retaliate as a result of Lithuania restricted the transit of metal and ferrous metals to Russia’s exclave Kaliningrad in accordance with EU sanctions.
“The assault will proceed till Lithuania lifts the blockade,” a Killnet spokesperson stated.
The ban on items to Kaliningrad had prompted a flurry of offended retorts from the Kremlin, which denounced the transfer as unprecedented and illegal.
Native authorities in Lithuania had warned that cyberattacks had been more likely to observe after Moscow threatened a “non-diplomatic” response.
In line with the Web monitoring observatory Netblocks, the cyber assault was a distributed-denial-of-service (DDOS) assault, which affected “safe networks utilized by state establishments”.
In a DDOS assault, an internet site is flooded with messages or connection requests in an try and shut it down.
The Lithuanian State Tax Inspectorate and Migration Division had been among the many public establishments and firms that had been pressured to droop on-line companies for a number of hours.
“It is extremely doubtless that assaults of comparable or increased depth will proceed within the coming days, particularly within the transport, vitality and monetary sectors,” Skardinskas stated.
Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė has additionally famous that cyber-attacks had been recurring since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in early February.
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