Finland starts probing cyber attacks launched on its government websites

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Finland government has joined forces with UK’s National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) to investigate the recent cyber-attacks which took place on state-run public service websites in the country this August.

Among the attacks, the most serious were those which targeted National Police Service and other public websites.

Thus, the National Bureau of Investigations (NBI) of Finland will now on work closely with public and private entities to help them mitigate cyberattacks on any range launched by Europe’s subsidiaries.

On August 21st this year, unknown hackers launched distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS) which resulting in server functionalities failure.

Remember, on a previous note the City of Lahti Municipal Computer System and the IT system managing the official online poll results of Finland Elections was also targeted in the attack.

Some of the affected websites include VERO- the central tax administration center run by the Finnish government, the Finnish Population registration center, the online info center of the government named Suomi.fi, Poliisi- the police organization of Finland, Kela- the social insurance institute, and the website of Finnish Border Guard.

Cybersecurity Insiders has learned that the Finland government is suspecting the hand of Russian President Vladimir Putin in this entire cyber-attack saga as the incident took place on the same day when Putin met Finland’s Sauli Niinisto for bilateral talks.

Note- China and Russia are known to spy on the IT networks of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs since many years as they are mainly interested in the data going to& fro between Finland and the European Union. Finnish Security Intelligence Service (SUPO) has uncovered this espionage in 2013 and since then has taken all necessary precautions to block the espionage.