The Greek government announced that a DDoS cyber attack hit the official state websites of the prime minister, the national police and fire service and several important ministries.

Yesterday the Greek government announced that the official websites of the prime minister, the national police and fire service and several important ministries were hit by a DDoS cyberattack that took them down. The websites involved in the attack have been already restored by the government IT staff.

“[A denial-of-service or DDoS attack] led to the malfunction of certain websites.” said Government spokesman Stelios Petsas.

Patsas confirmed that the “countermeasures” implemented by the government had success in neutralizing the attack, but he did not provide further details.

The attack hit several websites in late Thursday, including the prime minister’s website, the ministries of public order, interior, foreign affairs, and merchant marine, as well as the Greek Police and Fire Service.

Last week, another cyber attack hit government websites and the local stock exchange.

A group of Turkish hackers named Anka Neferler Tim claimed to have hijacked for more than 90 minutes the official websites of the Greek parliament, the foreign affairs, and economy ministries, as well as the country’s stock exchange.

The group announced the attacks on their Facebook page, the hackers carried out the attack because “Greece is threatening Turkey in the Aegean Sea and in the eastern Mediterranean. And now it’s threatening the conference on Libya“.

The attacks were launched after Khalifa Haftar held talks in Athens, two days ahead of a peace conference in Berlin. Both Hatftar and the head of Tripoli’s UN-recognised government, Fayez al-Sarraj attended the conference, while representatives of the Greek government have not been invited to the conference.

Pierluigi Paganini