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Officials probe cyber attacks that shut down govʼt web sites

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Officials said yesterday they were still investigating the source of denial of service attacks that temporarily shut down the main websites of the government and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences on Saturday.

Government security advisor György Bakondi (Photo: kormany.hu)

More than 62,000 cyber attacks were made in a short period of time Saturday, overloading the servers of several government websites and shutting them down for several hours, internet expert Zoltán Ormós told M1 TV yesterday. The attacks came from computers outside the country, and were apparently conducted as a propaganda offensive, to embarrass the government, he said. He added that denial of service attacks can shut down websites, but they generally do not involve a breach of security.

Government security expert György Bakondi said on M1 TV Saturday that the attacks apparently involved the work of sophisticated and malicious hackers. He said the attacks did not threaten the security of government networks.

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