NATO website hacked

NATO website hacked

A flurry of cyber criminal activity has affected NATO websites, as well as the alliance’s Estonian Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, which resulted in them being offline for a number of hours.

The NATO homepage failed to load on Sunday 15th March, but returned to normal the next day. The Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence came back online a short time after the attack was identified.

The group that launched the attack could not be verified in the immediate aftermath, until an organisation, known as ‘cyber berkut’, confessed. The name references disbanded riot troops used by the government of Viktor Yanukovich, ex-president of Ukraine. The group released a statement in which it lambasted NATO due to what it felt was meddling in their home country.

Oana Lungescu, press spokesperson for NATO, said that the attack was affecting the site on Sunday and that hackers have been engaging in distributed denial of service attacks on numerous websites.

The attacks came not long after NATO cited the Crimea referendum as illegal. The vote seems to indicate that more than 96% of those who participated wish to be a part of Russia.

If NATO can be hacked, it just goes to show how easy it is for a small business to suffer from the same kind of attack, and such stories are making more business owners aware of the problem. Those seeking cyber security jobs need to keep their skills updated and communicate strong stakeholder engagement abilities to fend off competition in what is now an increasingly important role.

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