Finnish government sites forced offline by DDoS attacks

Finland’s defense and foreign affairs websites were taken offline today following DDoS attacks.

The ministries each confirmed the attacks on Twitter earlier today, although the websites now appear to be back up and running. The country’s Ministry of Defense wrote at 10:45 GMT: “The Ministry of Defense website http://defmin.fi is currently under attack. We are currently investigating. We will post any additional information below. He continued with: ‘For the time being, we will keep the Ministry of Defense website closed until the harmful traffic on the website has disappeared. All our bulletins are readable http://valtioneuvosto.fi.

Shortly afterwards, at 10.54 a.m., the Finnish Foreign Ministry tweeted“There are currently disruptions in the online services of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The sites http://Um.fi and Finlanabroad.fi were denied a denial of service attack. We will investigate and try to get the services up and running as soon as possible. We apologize for the inconvenience.”

However, at 2:06 p.m., the official Finnish government Twitter account confirmed that the issues had been resolved and the two ministries’ websites had resumed operations. This declared: “The denial of service attack is now over. Due to the protection of the website, the majority of sites continued to function normally during the attack.”

There is currently no information regarding the identities of the attackers, although suspicion is likely to fall on the Russian threat actors given the timing of the incidents. Earlier in the day, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed Finland’s parliament via video link on the dispute. Additionally, reports in recent days suggest that Finland is considering applying for NATO membership, a move strongly opposed by the Kremlin.

The Finnish Defense Ministry also claimed that a Russian state plane violated Finnish airspace this morning.

DDoS attacks and website defacements of government websites have taken place regularly in the build-up to and since the start of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, with both sides affected.

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