Government Offices suffer cyber attack

Iceland Government Offices.

Iceland Government Offices. Photo: Ernir Eyjólfsson

Iceland’s Government Offices suffered a major cyber-attack yesterday afternoon, similar to those conducted by internet activist group Anonymous late last year.

Unlike the previous attacks, Anonymous has not claimed responsibility on social media for yesterday’s strike, which brought down the Ministry’s websites for a short period of time.

Last year’s attacks by Anonymous were motivated by Iceland’s commercial whaling operations, opposition to which is flagged on social media by means of the hashtag #OpWhales.

According to government spokesperson Sigurður Már Jónsson, the attack affected only the external Government Offices website and no internal data were at risk.

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