Massive Cyberattack Hits Albania

Albania was hit with a massive cyberattack over the weekend that affected the servers of the Albanian National Agency for Information Society (AKSHI), which manages several of the country’s government agencies.

The attack led to a shutdown of in-person and online government services on Monday, with only a few crucial services, like online tax filing, still in operation since the following services are provided by servers that were not targeted in the attack.

“In order to withstand these unprecedented and dangerous strikes, we have been forced to close down government systems until the enemy attacks are neutralized,” said AKSHI.

Albania’s Council of Ministers said that the attack was “synchronized from outside Albania.”

Former prime minister and leader of the opposition Sali Berisha criticized the government’s cyber defenses on a Facebook post.

“How can this government, which has forcibly forced the e-albania portal to turn into a “digital institution” for almost every important document, allow such a criminal act? How can such initiatives be undertaken without having a professional cybercrime police officer?” said Berisha.

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama’s administration previously mandated that all citizens use its online facilities for everything from registering for classes to getting an ISBN number for a new book at the National Library.

Berisha went on to express that cyberattacks in Albania are less likely to occur if its cyber security is “Greater and the ability to respond to such attacks was more professional.”

Majority of Albania’s government websites and online services still remain inaccessible as of today.

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