Several NATO websites hit by cyber attacks

A number of NATO websites have been hit by cyber attacks, but they have had no impact on the military alliance's operations, a NATO spokeswoman said.

Cyber attack on several NATO websites 'still ongoing'

NATO Spokesperson Oana Lungescu has confirmed that the cyber attack on several of the organisation's websites is still ongoing.

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DDoS attack on some #NATO sites ongoing but most services restored. Integrity of NATO data &systems not affected. We continue working on it

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.@spiegelpeter it shld work -attack still ongoing but most services restored. Integrity of #NATO data/systems to affected.@tommayereuropa

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Hackers bring down NATO websites

Unidentified hackers brought down several public NATO websites with cyber attacks on Saturday, the alliance said, in what appeared the latest escalation in cyberspace over growing tensions over Crimea.

A group has claimed responsibility for the attack Credit: JONATHAN HAYWARD/The Canadian Press/Press Association Images

A group calling itself "cyber berkut" said the attack had been carried out by patriotic Ukrainians angry over what they saw as NATO interference in their country.

The claim could not immediately be independently verified. Cyber berkut is a reference to the feared and since disbanded riot squads used by the government of ousted pro-Russian Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich

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NATO websites hit by cyber attacks

A number of NATO websites have been hit by cyber attacks, but they have had no impact on the military alliance's operations, a NATO spokeswoman said.

NATO websites have been hit by cyber attacks. Credit: Brian Lawless/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The attacks, which affected NATO's main website, came amid rising tensions over Russian forces' occupation of Ukraine's Crimea region where a referendum is to be held on Sunday.

NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu said on Twitter that several NATO websites have been the target of a "significant DDoS (denial of service) attack." She said there had been no operational impact and NATO experts were working to restore normal function.