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Swedish media sites victims of new DDoS attack

Publicerad: 29 March 2016, kl. 8:44

Several Swedish media houses were affected by yet another apparent DDoS attack Thursday.

Adam Jönsson

The attack affected access to sites such as Expressen, Sydsvenskan, Svenska Dagbladet, Dagens industri and Dagens Nyheter, Ekot reports.

This was the second time in less than a week that Swedish media companies were the victims of DDoS attacks. A major hacker attack took down, or partly took down, several of the most influential Swedish media sites on Mar. 19.

Read more: Major Swedish news sites down after suspected DDoS attack

Thursday’s attack, however, was not as comprehensive as the previous, Ekot reports.

‘‘We’ve had disturbances on and off. Now, we need to investigate what happened,’’ Expressen editor-in-chief, Thomas Mattsson, tells Ekot in an interview Thursday.

As a result of the two attacks, Swedish media companies and authorities must report every apparent attack to the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB), starting Apr. 1, SVT reports.

Shortly before the Mar. 19 attack, the Twitter account @_notJ tweeted: ‘‘The following days attacks against the Swedish government and media spreading false propaganda will be targetted [sic].’’

It’s not remarkable that the first attack was followed by yet another, Jon Karlung, CEO at Internet service provider Banhof, tells Ekot.

‘‘Those who want to can show that they can close down Swedish media sites whenever the wish,’’ says Karlung.

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