Finland Government Sites Forced Offline by DDoS Attacks
Websites belonging to Finland’s defense and foreign affairs ministries were taken offline following DDoS attacks against the entities. The ministries confirmed the cyberattacks via Twitter earlier today, however, it appears that the websites are back online. Finland’s Ministry of Defense wrote that the website would be shut down until the harmful traffic was gone. The entities will be conducting investigations into the attacks, even as the issue has been resolved.
There is no available information regarding the attackers’ identity or geographical location, however, security researchers may place some suspicion on Russian threat actors given the timing of the incidents as it coincides with a video released by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy this morning. In the video, the leader addressed the Finnish parliament. Additional reports suggest that Finland might be considering NATO membership, a move that would be strongly opposed by the Kremlin.