A massive distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack took down the websites of more than 200 organisations across Belgium, including government, parliament, universities and research institutes.
The DDoS attack started at 11am on Tuesday 4 May and overwhelmed the web sites with traffic, rendering their public-facing sites unusable for visitors, while the attack overwhelmed internal systems, cutting them off from the internet.
The attack targeted Belnet, the government-funded ISP provider for the county's educational institutions, research centres, scientific institutes and government services – including government ministries and the Belgian parliament. Some debates and committee meetings had to be postponed as users couldn't access the virtual services required to take part.
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