Hack­ers at­tack EU ex­ec­u­tive

Kuwait Times - - TECHNOLOGY -

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Hack­ers at­tacked the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion’s com­put­ers on Thurs­day, flood­ing the EU ex­ec­u­tive’s servers with dig­i­tal ser­vice re­quests, but while con­nec­tion speeds were af­fected, there was no data breach, the Com­mis­sion said. “Yes­ter­day af­ter­noon the Com­mis­sion was tar­geted by an at­tempt to sat­u­rate our in­ter­net con­nec­tion,” Com­mis­sion spokesman Mar­gari­tis Schi­nas told a news brief­ing yes­ter­day. “The com­mis­sion took ef­fec­tive coun­ter­mea­sures and there was no in­ter­rup­tion of ser­vice, al­though con­nec­tion speeds were af­fected for a while, there was no data breach,” he said. Schi­nas said the Com­mis­sion did not know who was be­hind the at­tack, which was of the dis­trib­uted de­nial of ser­vice (DDoS) type when too many si­mul­ta­ne­ous re­quests to servers cause the ser­vice to crash. The at­tack hap­pened as Ukrainian Pres­i­dent Petro Poroshenko vis­ited Brussels to dis­cuss visa free travel to the EU. Schi­nas de­clined to com­ment if there was any con­nec­tion be­tween the at­tack and the visit.

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In an­other devel­op­ment, the Czech Jus­tice Min­istry says Rus­sia has joined the United States in seek­ing the ex­tra­di­tion of a Rus­sian man who faces charges in the United States of hack­ing and steal­ing in­for­ma­tion from com­put­ers at LinkedIn, Drop­box and other San Fran­cisco Bay Area com­pa­nies. The Jus­tice Min­istry said Wed­nes­day that Rus­sia wants Yev­geniy Nikulin of Moscow ex­tra­dited due to a 2009 In­ter­net theft. — Agen­cies

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