The International Business Times reports on some fallout from their recent bombshell about NL intelligence tracking Cozy Bear:
Several top banks and the national tax authority in the Netherlands were briefly crippled by a series of powerful DDoS attacks targeting their networks. ABN Amro, ING and Rabobank confirmed in separate statements that they were attacked with their online and mobile banking services temporarily knocked offline. The wave of cyber attacks come just days after local media reported that Dutch intelligence agency AIVD spied on Russia-linked hacker group Cozy Bear, also known as APT29, as early as 2014.
Rabobank tweeted on Monday that it was suffering DDoS attacks while ABN AMRO said it experienced three hours-long DDoS attacks on Saturday and Sunday (27 and 28 January). ING said it was targeted on Sunday as well. All three institutions assured customers that their systems were not breached and customer accounts and details were not compromised in the attacks.
The Dutch tax authority also said it was hit by DDoS attacks that temporarily took down its website and online services for about 5-10 minutes on Monday. Later, the Dutch official online signature system DigiD was also reportedly hit.
The slew of cyberattacks come just days after local media reported that Dutch intelligence agency AIVD spied on Russia-linked hacker group Cozy Bear, also known as APT29, as early as 2014.
This should not come as a surprise considering the bombshell intelligence revelations to come out of the Netherlands.