Cyberattack takes down government websites

Several Belgian government websites were temporarily inaccessible on Thursday, possibly due to a new pro-Russian cyber attack. The hacker group NoName on X indicated that it was not pleased with the country's support for Ukraine. The Centre for Cybersecurity (CCB) confirmed that a number of government websites were targeted.

Among others, the websites of the Chamber of Representatives, the Senate and the Monarchy were or still are inaccessible. The CCB said that it had received information about a new attack and had notified the relevant services. "All in all, the disruption was limited," said spokesperson Katrien Eggers.

On X, the pro-Russian hacker group NoName indicated its displeasure with Belgium's public support for Ukraine. "The Belgian authorities, who do not care about the problems of their own citizens and forget about the crisis situation in their economy, have set up a fund to support Ukraine," its post reads.

Last month, several government websites were also down for some time due to a distributed denial-of-servicek attack.


The Belgian Centre for Cybersecurityin Brussels © BELGA PHOTO HATIM KAGHAT

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Cyberattack hits websites of Belgian institutions
Several websites of Belgian public institutions were hit by a cyber attack late on Thursday afternoon. Websites including those of the Royal Palace, the prime minister's office and the Senate were temporarily unavailable.

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