Pro-Russia hackers claim to have disrupted US Congress website

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Pro-Russia hackers claimed responsibility for a cyberattack that briefly disrupted access to a US Congressional website on Thursday evening. Related video above: Ensure your home security system is “safe” from hackers Access to Congress.gov was intermittently suspended starting around 9pm ET Thursday until the site was restored to normal operations “just after” 11pm ET, April Slayton, communications director for the Library of Congress, which operates the site, told CNN quickly, resulting in minimal downtime,” Slayton said in an email. “The library’s network was not compromised and no data was leaked as a result of the Attack lost.” A Russian-language hacking group called Killnet claimed responsibility for the hack on its Telegram channel. The post included a screenshot of an error message on Congress.gov, overlaid with an image of President Joe Biden with a confused expression on his face. The hackers used a popular tactic known as a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, according to Slayton, the compute rserver flooded with fake internet traffic to take websites offline. Congress.gov displays information about bills, hearings, and other deliberations in Congress. While DDoS attacks can have material consequences, such as customers being unable to access banking websites, sometimes they are more about making a statement and being noticed. Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February made the White House the Russian military intelligence agency responsible for a series of DDoS attacks on Ukrainian government websites. The war in Ukraine has unleashed a wave of pro-Russian and pro-Ukrainian hackers who have made political statements and targeted infrastructure in the two countries. Killnet claimed responsibility for DDoS attacks on government agency and private company websites in Lithuania last week . The hackers said it was in retaliation for Lithuania blocking shipments of some goods to the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad. US officials have been on high alert over Russian cyber retaliation for months after the Biden administration slapped tough sanctions on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine. However, there were no reports of hacking attacks on US organizations linked to Russian government agents.

Pro-Russia hackers claimed responsibility for a cyberattack that briefly disrupted access to a US Congressional website on Thursday evening.

Related video above: Make sure your home security system is “safe” from hackers

Access to Congress.gov was intermittently suspended Thursday from about 9 p.m. ET until the site returned to normal “just after” 11 p.m. ET, April Slayton, communications director for the Library of Congress, which operates the site, told CNN.

“The Library of Congress used existing measures to quickly combat the attack, resulting in minimal downtime,” Slayton said in an email. “The library’s network was not compromised and no data was lost as a result of the attack.”

A Russian-speaking hacking group called Killnet claimed responsibility for the hack on their Telegram channel. The post included a screenshot of an error message on Congress.gov, overlaid with an image of President Joe Biden with a confused expression on his face.

The hackers used a popular tactic known as a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, which floods computer servers with fake web traffic to take websites offline, according to Slayton. Congress.gov displays information about bills, hearings, and other deliberations in Congress.

Although DDoS attacks can have significant consequences, e.g. B. when customers can’t access banking websites, but sometimes it’s more about making a statement and being noticed.

In the run-up to the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine in February, the White House blamed Russian military intelligence for a series of DDoS attacks on Ukrainian government websites.

The war in Ukraine has unleashed a wave of pro-Russian and pro-Ukrainian hackers who have made political statements and targeted infrastructure in the two countries.

Killnet claimed responsibility for DDoS attacks on government agency and private company websites in Lithuania last week. The hackers said it was in retaliation for Lithuania blocking shipments of some goods to the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad.

US officials have been on high alert about retaliatory Russian attacks for months after the Biden administration slapped tough sanctions on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine. However, there were no reports of hacking attacks on US organizations linked to Russian government agents.

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