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Russian Hacking Group Takes Credit for Wide-Ranging Cyberattack on Lithuania


Microsoft vice president Tom Burt said in April that the company’s experts believe cyberattacks will continue to escalate and widen as the war between Russia and Ukraine continues.

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A hacking group aligned with the Russian government took credit for a large cyberattack on several government institutions in Lithuania on Monday.

The country's defense minister and National Cyber Security Centre released a statement saying the hackers had used distributed denial-of-service attacks to target the State Tax Inspectorate, Migration Department and a secure national data network among a host of other state entities. 

The agencies were forced to shut down operations for several hours before service returned. The attack comes days after Lithuanian officials refused to allow steel, coal and other metals to be transported through the country to Kaliningrad due to European Union sanctions.

Russian officials openly threatened Lithuania after the transit ban took effect on Saturday. Kaliningrad is Russian territory sandwiched between Poland and Lithuania along the Baltic Coast, forcing it to rely on rail lines that pass through Lithuania.

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