Royal family website crashes after being ‘targeted by Russian hackers in cyberattack’
- The royal family’s website was down for 90 minutes on Sunday
- Russian hacker KillMilk claimed to be behind the hack
- The royal family’s website simply displayed an error message
A Russian hacker claims to have taken down the royal family’s official website in a targeted hack.
Hacker KillMilk, the alleged leader of the Russian hacktivist group KillNet, claimed in a message on Telegram that he had attacked the official website of the royal family on Sunday.
The group claimed the removal was an “attack on pedophiles.”
It was reported that the royal family’s website, royal.uk, was down for around 90 minutes and was simply displaying an error message at around 10:20am this morning, but was now back online.
This is not the first time KillNet has targeted the royal family, as in November 2022 the website was taken down for several hours by a DDoS attack.
KillNet is a pro-Russian group known for its attacks on government institutions and private companies around the world.
The attack took down the royal family’s official website for around 90 minutes.
Website was shut down for several hours following a cyberattack
It is understood the group formed around March 2022 and supported Russia and its invasion of Ukraine.
The Five Eyes intelligence network, made up of agencies from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United States and the United Kingdom, warned in April 2022 that KillNet was one of several hacker groups who pledged to support Russia and threatened to attack anyone who attacked Russia. or supported Ukraine.
KillNet is known for its Denial of Service (DoS) and Distributed Denial of Service (DDos) attacks.
These types of cyberattacks aim to make servers and computers unavailable to intended users by disrupting the services of a host connected to a network.
Hackers carry out DoS and DDoS attacks by flooding servers with requests, overwhelming them and rendering them unusable for a period of time.
Buckingham Palace declined to comment, but a royal source told MailOnline that the website had been the subject of a DoS attack and its servers had not been compromised.
The source added that the website was back up and running within two hours, but palace staff had not yet been able to identify the culprit.