Major Swedish news sites down after apparent DDoS attackPhoto: Twitter

Major Swedish news sites down after suspected DDoS attack

Publicerad: 19 March 2016, kl. 22:38Uppdaterad: 19 March 2016, kl. 23:32

A number of Swedish news sites have been down, or partly down, throughout Saturday night in what appears to be a coordinated hacker attack, according to reports from SVT Nyheter and Ekot.

Adam Jönsson

The attack appears to be a so-called distributed denial-of-serivce (DDoS) attack, Expressen’s acting editor-in-chief Karin Olsson tells Ekot.

Dagens Nyheter, Expressen, Aftonbladet, Svenska Dagbladet, Sydsvenskan, Helsingborgs Dagblad and Dagens industri are among the news sites that have experienced problems. Some of the sites are back up while others are still down. The web sites of the Swedish public service companies have not been affected by the attack.

It’s yet unclear who’s behind the attack, Ekot reports.

Shortly before the technical issues started an anonymous Twitter account posted threats of coming attacks against Swedish news sites spreading ‘‘false propaganda.’’

‘‘It’s of course very serious that Swedish news sites are attacked. But that somebody wants to stop news coverage confirms its value,’’ Expressen’s editor-in-chief Thomas Mattsson writes on Twitter.

Swedish police has launched an investigation, Anders Ygeman, minister for home affairs, says in a tweet.

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