Cyber attack

Luxembourg state servers attacked

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(MTH/MF/PC) The state's internet infrastructure has been the target of a malicious attack that began on Monday morning.

From around 9:30 am Monday, the web servers of many state authorities and offices were down or difficult to reach.

At 10.50 am, the state-owned IT operator "Centre des Techniques de l'information de l'Etat" (CTIE) sent a message via Twitter saying the state network was the victim of a so-called "distributed denial of service attack" (DDoS).

This web-server congestion, achieved deliberately or due to a technical problem, bombards a server with connection requests.

The CTIE director confirmed the attack on Monday afternoon.

"The attack is continuing, and we are working with all the relevant services to repel it," he said. 

The purpose of the attack or its origin remain unknown.

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