Lithuania Suffers Sophisticated and Complex Cyber-attack

Lithuania’s National Cyber Security Center reported that their government websites fell victim to a “sophisticated” cyber-attack.

Lithuania’s National Cyber Security Center (NKSC) reported that their government websites fell victim to a “sophisticated” cyber-attack last week.

Rytis Rainys, head of the country’s National Cyber Security Center said that 22 institutions, mainly municipalities, in Lithuania were breached using complex methods to manipulate the content management systems of the site.

The hackers reportedly published fake news stories after taking control of the systems including one that alleged a Polish diplomat, carrying illegal drugs, weapons, and money, had been detained at the Lithuanian border.

Representatives of the State Border Guard Service confirmed that a fake news story had indeed been published on its website and said it was fake.

Another article claimed that there were alleged corrupt practices at the Šiauliai airport, where NATO’s Baltic air policing mission is housed while there were also fake calls for conscripts to come to conscription units.

“The work was fairly sophisticated and substantial. So, probably, it was not some amateur activity but it was systematic and coordinated,” commented Rainys.

Lithuania’s defense minister, Arvydas Anušauskas, said the attacks took place “on the eve of the government’s transition which implied that it was prepared in advance and with a goal in mind.

The NKSC has since then advised municipalities to actively search for vulnerabilities, limiting access to content management systems, installing a firewall, and avoiding using weak passwords to prevent attacks from happening again.


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