DDoS Attacks by Pro-Russian Hacktivists Disrupt Websites in Europe, but Experts Say They’re No Longer Effective


NoName057(16) is attacking websites in Germany, Poland, and the Czech Republic, affecting portals and sites of the transportation, governmental, financial, and media industries, according to Check Point Research. Supposed targets are companies such as KGHM, Warsaw Metro, municipal transport in Munich, the Czech police, and Senate. Yet, experts say these types of attacks no longer impress anyone.

Analysts from Check Point Research have reported repeated attacks on the websites of Polish, German, and Czech corporations as well as governmental administration sites in their OSINT report. Among Polish targets were Warsaw Metro, Raiffeisen Bank, Plus Bank, Pekao, KGHM, Polskie Radio, and ePUAP portal. Currently, all the sites are working effectively, suggesting that the campaigns of pro-Russian hacktivists are not producing tangible results and that companies are well-prepared for such interventions.

Wojciech Głażewski, the head of the Polish branch of Check Point, assures that the DDoS attacks prepared by Russian cybercriminal groups have become commonplace and no longer surprise the administrators of the most important websites – “The attacks, such as those carried out by NoName, are happening more frequently, and next year they may become an everyday reality. History repeats, but this time from tragedy to farce. The actions of Russian hacktivists no longer impress anyone, which doesn’t mean that IT departments should not be prepared for any eventuality.”

Among the attacked organizations were also the Czech police, the Ministry of the Interior, the Senate, and Prague Airport. In the case of the German targets, attacks were conducted on public transportation websites in Munich and Nuremberg, as well as the Bavarian BL Bank.