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11/29/2016
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European Commission Hit By DDoS Attack

The cyberattack lasted for several hours and affected output but no loss of data was reported.

The European Commission (EC) was the target of a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack last week that led to a breakdown in internet services for hours, reports POLITICO. No loss of data was reported, but the attack led to a loss in man hours because the staff could not work for a very long time.

"No data breach has occurred," said an EC spokesperson, adding "the attack has so far been successfully stopped with no interruption of service, although connection speeds have been affected for a time."

The DDoS attack began in the afternoon and continued until late in the evening targeting EC’s website and network gateways. Details of the identity and motive of the hackers were not available and neither did EC reveal the action taken by it to counter the attacks.

The EU cyber emergency response team (CERT-EU) has been briefed by EC and a probe is on.

Read more here.

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Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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11/29/2016 | 1:20:26 PM
Sad
It's a little sad that DDoS victims have to emphasize to the hoi polloi that data breaches didn't occur.  (After all, that's generally not what DDoS attacks are about).
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