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EU hit by cyberattack moments after declaring Russia sponsor of terrorism

The website of the European Parliament suffered a major cyberattack on Wednesday shortly after it declared Russia a state sponsor of terrorism.

Moments after passing a resolution classifying the Russian Federation as a state sponsor of terrorism, the European Parliament suffered a major cyberattack that appeared to take its website largely offline.

Led by populist Swedish Democrat MEP Charlie Weimers, the symbolic resolution condemning Vladimir Putin’s Russian actions was passed overwhelmingly by the bloc’s parliament, with 494 votes in favor of the resolution to 58 against.

According to a report by POLITICShowever, the successful vote was quickly followed by a distributed denial of service (DDoS) cyberattack on the European Parliament’s website, which the publication said largely took it offline.

Indeed, the Parliament website was largely unavailable to the public around 2 p.m., but was up and running again on Thanksgiving.

A number of sources within the European Union have now linked the attack to Russian hacking group Killnet, which has reportedly repeatedly used DDoS methods against suspected enemies of Putin’s Russia.

“We have strong indications that it is Killnet, the hackers with links to Russia,” said Eva Kaili, MEP, Deputy Speaker of Parliament.

“It’s my information, but it’s under control,” she continued. “It only cut off external access to Parliament’s website.”

While the hack could be seen as an attempt by ultimately unknown actors to punish the European institution for once again attacking Russia in its war of aggression in Ukraine, the incident so far appears to have had the ‘opposite effect.

For example, speaking to Breitbart Europe, Charlie Weimers, MEP from the European Conservatives and Reformists Group, pointed out that the hack only showed the value of the resolution that parliament had just passed.

“The cyberattack on the European Parliament confirms the importance of this resolution,” remarked the Swedish representative largely responsible for spearheading the initiative.

Although the measure is largely symbolic, Weimers said said that it not only shows its solidarity with those fighting in Ukraine, but that it could also serve as a springboard for the EU authorities to implement other measures targeting the Russian Federation, such as the seizure of assets Russians for the reconstruction of the invaded nation.

“It is now up to the Member States and the institutions to come up with a legal framework to achieve this”, concluded the MEP.

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