Latvian Inbox.lv under massive cyber attack

One of the largest Latvian email host and e-services site Inbox.lv is currently fighting the largest hacker attack in its history, according to a May 16 statement by Andris Griķis, chair of the board of the company.

The attack on the site started on Monday, May 16, immediately after midnight. The company forecast that by Monday lunchtime Inbox.lv will be restored for use in Latvia. As of 12:20 the site was not yet working.

“This is the [..] DDoS (Distributed denial of service) attack, by targeting false requests from a number of sources that are usually controlled by one attacker, thereby achieving greater efficiency,” said Griķis.

Many users do not have access to e-mail, files, calendar, photo and video galleries, but those data are safe, said Griķis.

The service is working to stop data flowing abroad. “It was simpler in the past because it was easier to turn off foreign flows in Latvia's data centers, but it is not just possible now, because everything is too integrated.”

“At the moment, we have no information about who the originator of these attacks is and what the targets and motives of the attackers are. At the moment, our efforts are focused on preventing the consequences. “We'll do the investigation and analysis immediately afterwards,” said Griķis.

Inbox.lv, according to data from the international Internet research and technology company Gemius, is the second most visited Internet site in Latvia.

It has already been reported that charity donation site Ziedot.lv and other sites in Latvia have experienced cyber attacks, but Russia is currently making little progress in its regular cyber attacks on Latvia's online resources.

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