Russian UK embassy website hit with DDoS attack on Sunday

Russian UK embassy website hit with DDoS attack on Sunday
Website forced down as UK prime minister travels to Russia for state visit.

David Cameron's visit to Russia is the first visit by a British leader to Russia since Kremlin critic, Alexander Litvinenko, was murdered in London. Litvinenko died from radioactive poisoning (polonium-210) in 2006, degrading ties between the UK and Russia.



Britain demanded that Russia extradite Andrei Lugovoy, ex-KGB, to be prosecuted for the murder, but Russia refused. Relations between both countries have improved slightly since Dimitri Medvedev took office in 2008, and David Cameron became Prime Minister in 2010.

"Prior to the visit of Prime Minister David Cameron to Russia, the website of the Russian Embassy in London (www.rusemb.org.uk) was brought down by a suspected DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack," the embassy said in a statement.

An embassy spokesman said the site started to experience problems on Friday. On Sunday, it was forced down due to a denial of service attack, so the embassy setup a mirror site at www.rusemborguk.ru.

Written by: James Delahunty @ 12 Sep 2011 19:42
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