aA
Organized Russia-linked cyber attacks against Lithuania have reached such a large scale for the first time, the country's Minister of National Defense Arvydas Anusauskas says, also warning businesses that vulnerable spots could lead to more serious attacks.
Arvydas Anušauskas
Arvydas Anušauskas
© DELFI / Tomas Juodelis

"Cyber attacks have been going on all the time, non-stop, I would say for years. But on such a scale and intensity, even if they have not reached the highest intensity yet, I would say they have reached the medium intensity, and this is probably the first time it has happened," Anusauskas told the public broadcaster LRT.

According to the minister, hackers are looking for vulnerabilities and may later take action, causing serious damage to businesses.

"I mean that attempts are actually being made to find weak spots as then there's a possibility, after gaining access, not just to block the network, but after gaining access to, for example, a company's data bank, where they store, for example, their customers' data, they can encrypt it and then demand a ransom," Anusauskas warned.

"Such methods have been used for a long time, and I think companies with such data should make copies, duplicate the data, and make sure it's secure so that they do not lose it," he warned.

Anusauskas says the Killnet hacker group, which claimed responsibility for the attack, is "linked to the Russian special services" and the attacks can be seen as Russia's response to the Kaliningrad transit restrictions.

Lithuania has recently come under intense cyber attacks, with some state institutions and companies experiencing disruptions. The country's National Cyber Security Center said on Tuesday the scale of the attacks, which started last week, was going down but warned that hackers were increasingly targeting the country's businesses rather than state institutions.

BNS
It is prohibited to copy and republish the text of this publication without a written permission from UAB „BNS“.

Seimas speaker: Kyiv is now bridge to Europe for Belarus

Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen, Speaker of the Seimas, says that two years ago the people of Lithuania...

Belarusian activist: we have not achieved our goals in two years

Belarusian opposition representative Veronika Tsepkalo notes that the situation in Belarus has...

Bomb threat made against Belarusian opposition’s event

On Tuesday, the police received an email with threats of bomb explosions in multiple buildings in...

Coronavirus: 1 935 more cases detected

On 8 August, Monday, 1,935 people tested positive for COVID-19 and one person died.

69 migrants tried to access Lithuania illegally from Belarus

On Monday, 8 August, Lithuanian border guards did not allow 69 migrants to enter Lithuania illegally...

Top news

Landsbergis: finding ways to pay for Kaliningrad transit is Moscow’s task, not Vilnius’

It is Moscow’s task, and not that of Vilnius, to find ways to make payments for the services related...

Seimas speaker: Kyiv is now bridge to Europe for Belarus

Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen, Speaker of the Seimas, says that two years ago the people of Lithuania...

Bomb threat made against Belarusian opposition’s event

On Tuesday, the police received an email with threats of bomb explosions in multiple buildings in...

Adviser: 3rd electricity market liberalization stage should be postponed

The process of electricity market liberalization in Lithuania is failing, therefore, its third stage...

Presidency will consider stripping figure skaters of state awards if they perform in Russia amid war in Ukraine

The presidency will consider stripping Lithuania’s figure skaters Povilas Vanagas and Margarita...