News broke earlier today that the Czech statistical office has been hit by DDoS attacks on its websites related to the recent parliamentary elections during the vote count. The websites related to the parliamentary elections — volby.cz and volbyhned.cz — have temporary failed to function during the vote count on Saturday. These attacks have not affected the overall progress of the election.
Reacting to this news, Sean Newman, Director at Corero Network Security, said:
“Reports of disruption to government websites during the recent Czech parliamentary elections, demonstrate how easy it is for malicious actors use DDoS attacks to disrupt or potentially influence the outcome of what is supposed to be an unbiased process. When the voting process for a government election is typically over and done with in a single day, every minute of offline time can have a significant impact on the democratic process, denying voters access to key information or resources needed to allow the process to run as intended.
“Organisations of all types and sizes, including governments, need to ensure they have effective protection in place. And, only the latest truly real-time DDoS protection solutions can automatically and surgically block attacks and leave regular traffic unimpeded, to ensure that web-based resources remain continually operational and, in this case, the democratic process is not impacted.”