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Cyber attack targets NATO websites over growing tension in Crimea

NATO websites hit by cyberattack reportedly stemming from pro-Russia supporters in the escalating Crimea crisis

| Hacking & Security News | Posted: Mar 16, 2014 8:47 pm

Several public NATO websites were hit by cyberattacks that temporarily crippled them, though there was no risk to classified or sensitive information. Early indications point towards pro-Russian sympathizers and Vladimir Putin supporters, though it hasn't been confirmed if the attacks originated in Russia.

 

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"It doesn't impede our ability to command and control our forces," a NATO official said following the attack. "At no time was there any risk to our classified networks."

 

A Crimea referendum website, referendum2014.ru, also has suffered cyberattacks from a likely Russian source, according to security experts.

 

The rising political tension in Crimea has led to a series of cyberattacks, with Russia interrupting Ukrainian infrastructure - and hacker groups attacking the Kremlin. Cyberattacks have been successful in gaining media attention and serving as an annoyance for those targeted.

NEWS SOURCESReuters.com, Lerablog.org

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