The European Parliament website has been hit by a hacking attack, officials said on Wednesday.
Parliament Speaker Roberta Metsola said it was a “sophisticated attack” and that a pro-Kremlin group had claimed responsibility.
She noted that the attack followed EU lawmakers’ vote to label Russia a “state sponsor” of terrorism over its war in Ukraine.
“My answer is: Slava Ukraini (Glory to Ukraine),” Metsola said.
Parliament spokesman Jaime Duch said the website was down due to a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack.
DDoS attacks flood a website with simultaneous and coordinated requests for web pages from multiple computers. This makes it difficult for the website to handle all requests and therefore becomes extremely slow or completely inaccessible to legitimate users.
“Today’s attack on the European Parliament’s systems is a warning shot. It is an attack on the democratic heart of Europe,” said German MEP Rasmus Andresen.
EU lawmakers declare Russia a ‘state sponsor’ of terror
Just hours before the attack, MEPs voted overwhelmingly to declare Russia a “state sponsor” of terrorism, arguing that Moscow’s attacks on civilian targets amounted to “war crimes”.
“The deliberate attacks and atrocities committed by Russian troops and their proxies against civilians in Ukraine, the destruction of civilian infrastructure and other serious violations of international and humanitarian law constitute acts of terrorism and constitute war crimes,” said a European Parliament press release. mention.
The designation is largely symbolic, and Russia is unlikely to face any hard and fast legal consequences.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who had advocated for the nomination, welcomed the parliament’s move. He called for Moscow to be “isolated and held accountable at all levels”.
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