The websites of several Swedish government agencies and businesses were knocked offline at 2.30pm local time on Friday, 5th October. This matches the time at which the hacktivist network Anonymous warned it would launch a cyberattack against Swedish state interests.
Websites for the Riksbank, the Swedish Institute, and security service Säpo were all inaccessible, according to a report and other sites hit in the apparent attack included that of the Svea Court of Appeal, as well as the police, and the Swedish courts.
Commenting on these DDoS attacks against Swedish Government and business websites, Terry Greer-King, UK managing director for internet security firm Check Point said: "With this attack happening just a day after the EU’s simulated DDoS exercise, it highlights just how a determined group can cause disruption to any organisation, even at Government level, no matter how well-defended their networks and sites are.
"In May this year, we surveyed over 2,500 IT professionals worldwide and found that they rated DDoS attacks as one of the top risks to their networks. Organisations need to be able to collaborate and share intelligence on emerging threats, so that the severity of attacks can be mitigated or even blocked before they can cause widespread damage.”