Russian Embassy in London hit by a DDoS attack

Russian Embassy in London hit by a DDoS attack

Summary: The Russian embassy in London was hit by a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) over the weekend.

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The Russian embassy in London was hit by a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) over the weekend. According to a Tweet posted by the Embassy:

Our website is likely to have been brought down by a DDoS attack. But its mirror is up and running.

The attack was later on confirmed by a press release issued by the Embassy:

Between 9 and 12 September 2011 the website of the Russian Embassy in London www.rusemb.org.uk repeatedly became unreachable. The nature of the disruptions, as well as our further communication with the hosting provider provided evidence of a DDoS attack against the server where the website is hosted. The Embassy responded by creating a “mirror” website www.rusemborguk.ru to satisfy the demand for information on the eve of PM David Cameron’s visit to Moscow. The website has since then been fully restored. The Embassy requested the British authorities to investigate the incident.

The attack came right before the Prime Minister David Cameron visit to Moscow, the first visit by a British leader to Moscow since the 2006 killing in London of a Kremlin critic.

The attacks appear to have been outsourced to a vendor of DDoS for hire services, and the political sentiment is pretty evident.

What do you think? Who was behind the DDoS attacks?

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Dancho Danchev

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  • RE: Russian Embassy in London hit by a DDoS attack

    Could be almost any bunch of cranks who don't like the idea of good relations between Russia and the UK.
    They should just stick to throwing eggs & flour, at least that's entertaining.
    AndyPagin
  • 'Kremlin Critic' activities of the man were long years before his death, ..

    ... so phrasing it the way you did just spreads innuendo. By 2006, Litvinenko was long ignored, and there were more current and critical people, and nothing happened to them. And the character itself was highly sleazy pawn, among many, of Berezovsky, the dark oligarch of late Yeltsin regime. Since Litvinenko was not quite adequate mentally, the scheme how he got radioactive poisoning might be quite bold and crazy. Of course, whoever was engaged in these radioactive materials activity has to be punished really badly.
    DDERSSS
  • RE: Russian Embassy in London hit by a DDoS attack

    Oh no, with this denial of service the British Government will stop functioning.
    Agnostic_OS
  • RE: Russian Embassy in London hit by a DDoS attack

    Well...
    Guess we can rule out Anonymous.They only hack law abiding citizens.
    Timthetoolmn
  • I guess this is one way to find out...

    ...if the Russian police are any more efficient or effective than their western counterparts are.
    John L. Ries