Czech Parliamentary Election Websites Hit by Cyberattacks

© REUTERS / Kacper Pempel/IllustrationA hooded man holds a laptop computer as cyber code is projected on him in this illustration picture taken on May 13, 2017
A hooded man holds a laptop computer as cyber code is projected on him in this illustration picture taken on May 13, 2017 - Sputnik International
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The Czech statistical office has reported DDoS (Distrubuted Denial of Service) attacks on websites related to the recent parliamentary elections during the vote count.

PRAGUE (Sputnik) — A number of websites of the Czech statistical office (CZSO) have been subject to cyberattacks during the counting of votes in the Czech parliament's lower house election, Petra Bacova, the CZSO spokeswoman, told Sputnik Sunday.

"The websites related to the parliamentary elections — volby.cz and volbyhned.cz — have temporary failed to function due to DDoS attacks [Distributed Denial of Service] during the vote count on Saturday. These attacks have not affected the overall progress of the election," Bacova said.

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The police along with the Czech National Cyber and Information Security Agency have already launched an investigation into the attacks.

"Thanks to the rapid response, the attacks on the both aforementioned servers have been neutralized, while the work of the websites has been resumed," Bacova said.

The Czech Republic held an election to the lower house of the parliament on Friday-Saturday. The centrist ANO political party won the election, receiving 29.64 percent of votes. Czech President Milos Zeman stated that he was ready to appoint Andrej Babis, ANO's leader, as Czech prime minister.

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