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Lithuania under 'major attack' from Russia after refusal to lift block of sanctioned goods


The Russian hacker group called Killnet said it will continue its major cyber attack on Lithuania as a direct response to Vilnius’ decision to block the transit of some goods to Kaliningrad. The group claims it has already cut off 70 percent of Lithuanian internet infrastructure from the rest of the web, which it says took just 39 hours.  The group tweeted: “At the moment, Lithuania is in sadder conditions than Kaliningrad. And we keep our promise!”

In an earlier tweet, the group had warned: “Let me explain on my fingers: – Web integration of Lithuanian websites and electronic systems is in the “Blockade”, that is, “Geo block”, web traffic and other means of communication are available only within the republic.

“Thus, we are disrupting Lithuania’s network interaction with the rest of the world.”

Lithuania’s deputy Defence Minister Margiris Abukevicius said: “The main targets are state institutions, transport institutions, media websites.”

A Killnet spokesperson has said that the attack will not stop until the blockade is lifted, warning that 1,652 web resources have already been demolished  “just so far”.

The group has also claimed to have crippled the websites of four airports in the country.

Lithuania said it started to see the early signs of attack as early as June 21. 

The country’s National Cyber Security Centre has now warned in a statement the attacks will likely continue, not appearing to cave to the pressure to lift the blockade.

Jonas Skardinskas, its acting director, said: “It is very likely that attacks of similar or greater intensity will continue in the coming days, especially in the transportation, energy and financial sectors.”

Now, other cyber attacks involving website defacements, ransomware, and other destructive measures are expected in the coming days.

 



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