Albanian government websites and services forced to shut following cyberattack

Albanian government websites and services forced to shut following cyberattack

Attack was “synchronized and sophisticated”, Albanian government says. Websites belonging to the Albanian government, including several offering vital services to citizens, have been disabled following what the government describes as a “synchronized and sophisticated cybercriminal attack” against its endpoints, originating from outside the country.

The occurrences were verified by the Albanian National Agency of Information Society, which added that “we have been compelled to shut down government systems until the enemy attacks are neutralized in order to endure these unprecedented and hazardous strikes.”

It was vague regarding who was responsible for the attack and where they may be found.

Weekend attack

The portal for paying taxes is one of the websites that is still working despite the fact that many of the government’s websites have been forced offline since they are hosted on a separate server. Some of the government websites for Albania were still down as of publication.

To “avoid this cyber assault from destroying or compromising Albanian information systems,” Microsoft, Jones International Group (a provider of cybersecurity consulting services), and other local security firms have been enlisted.

The attack was confirmed by the internet outage monitor NetBlocks, which also reported that the sites were originally taken offline on Saturday night.

“Metrics tend to support the Prime Minister’s Office statement that describes this as a defensive measure to protect AKSHI against a targeted threat, rather than a direct impact of the kind we might see in a distributed denial of service attack,” said Alp Toker, NetBlocks Director. 

“Several government services housed on the government network, including Parliament, the Prime Minister’s Office, and the e-government gateway utilized by companies and people, have been taken offline.”

Recently, the Albanian government moved the majority of its administrative tasks online in an effort to streamline the procedure and make it less corruptible. People who want government services will just have to wait as there are no longer any actual offices.

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