Cyberattack on NATO websites, affected Turkey-Syria Earthquake Relief Mission.
According to reports, Russian hackers disrupted communications with an aircraft providing earthquake relief to Turkey and Syria through a cyberattack on NATO websites.
The Killnet group, a Russian-aligned hacker group, claimed responsibility for distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on the NATO website, the Telegraph reported.
The hackers group DDOS attack on NATO websites and also affected to Strategic Airlift Capability (SAC).
A multi-national organization called the Strategic Airlift Capability (SAC), which relies on the support of NATO to provide military and humanitarian airlifts, was also affected by the cyber strike.
During the recent earthquake, the SAC provided assistance in the transport of search and rescue equipment to the earthquake affected areas.
In a report, the organisation was unable to communicate with a C-17 aircraft due to network disruption, although it is understood that it did not completely lose contact with the plane.
The aircraft was told that NATO NR network, which is used for transmitting sensitive data had been hit by DOS Attack.
“We are carrying out strikes on NATO. Details in a closed channel”, the hacker group said on its Telegram Channel.
DoS attacks are cyber-attacks in which a perpetrator disrupts a network host’s services temporarily or permanently to make the host unavailable to its intended users.
According to the official, the NATO Special Operations Headquarters website and other associated websites were taken down for a few hours as a result of a cyberattack.
The NATO official confirmed the hacker’s group attack, in the statement. “Nato cybersecurity experts are actively addressing the incident affecting some NATO websites. NATO deals with cyber incidents on a regular basis, and takes cyber security very seriously.”
The majority of Nato websites are functioning as normal. Some Nato websites are still experiencing availability issues, but our technical teams are working to restore full access,” said NATO secretary Jens Stoltenberg.
British police arrested a member of the Killnet in London in May last year. Killnet responded by threatening to disable ventilators in British hospitals if the police did not release the unnamed individual.
It was reported in January that Killnet had taken down the websites of 14 US hospitals. However, US officials stated that the impact was limited and that no unauthorised intrusions into the hospital’s cyber architecture had been detected.