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Slovenia hit by another cyberattack

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Slovenia has been a target of yet another cyberattack with several government websites rendered inaccessible, including that of the central bank. The authorities say the situation is under control.

Vojko Volk, a state secretary at the prime minister's office, confirmed on 11 April that the country was facing another spate of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.

He said that two domains, including that of the government's main portal, were currently being targetted.

The website of the Slovenian central bank has been unavailable since the previous afternoon, and that of the Statistics Office is inaccessible today.

The president's website was also unavailable briefly on 10 April. The websites of the Constitutional Court and the Competition Protection Agency have been among those targetted.

"We are taking measures every day, the operational group of the secretariat of the National Security Council is in contact practically all the time, and this morning we also had meetings on this matter," said Volk.

According to him, Prime Minister Robert Golob announced an increase in funding and additional staffing to strengthen cybersecurity.

The state secretary believes this should put the country on the right track to better defend itself against such attacks in the future.

He assured the press that "Slovenia remains a safe and stable country when it comes to cyber incidents".

Other countries are not immune to them either, he said, adding that Russian President Vladimir Putin's regime was behind most of them but not all.

Experts say that DDoS attacks are technically less sophisticated cyber attacks but can have a major impact on the public, as their goal is to incite fear.

Before the latest DDoS attack, the websites of several Slovenian state institutions, state-owned companies and media outlets were hit in similar attacks in late March and early April.

At the time, a Russian cybercriminal group assumed responsibility, saying the reason for the attack was Slovenia's support for Ukraine.

Experts expect "active developments" in light of those attacks to continue for at least two more years.


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