Media hacking continues as Czech news sites suffer DDoS attacks

Media websites continue to be attacked by cyber criminals with reports now emerging that titles in the Czech Republic have been targeted.

Three of the country’s most widely-read sites - ihned.cz, idnes.cz, and novinky.cz - have confirmed the slowing or crashing of their web pages according to Reuters, though it is not clear who is responsible for the hacks at present.

Indicating the use of commonly-deployed Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, Lucie Tvaruzkova, the head of business daily ihned.cz, said, "We are receiving great numbers of requests at our servers, which is a typical way to attack."

The incident follows other well-documented cyber-assaults on major media outlets this year, with both the New York Times and Wall Street Journal revealing their networks were breached in attacks they believed originated in China.

Elsewhere, security researchers said last week that hackers have been targeting government agencies across a number of European countries, including the Czech Republic, Ireland, and Romania. A flaw in Adobe Systems ADBE.O software has apparently been exploited in the attacks.