New cyber attacks against Swedish sites
Several Swedish internet sites once again reported a range of cyber attacks on Monday. News agency TT, the Swedish Armed Forces, rail company SJ and banks SEB and Swedbank reported the so-called "DDoS" attack which overloaded their internet servers.
TT said that logs from their servers indicated that the cyberattack came from a network of infected computers around the world. The problem returned early evening Monday.
The Swedish armed forces and Swedish railways also reported online attacks Monday, as did banks SEB and Swedbank. A number of authorities were attacked last month.
According to Anders Ahlqvist, an IT crime investigator with the National Police Board, today's cyber-attacks have an obvious connection to supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and the ongoing dispute over his extradition to Sweden.
"As long as it lasts, we will probably see a lot of this sort of thing," he said to TT.
However, Niklas Englund, digital media spokesperson at the Swedish Armed Forces told Swedish Radio news that they have not seen anything which says the attacks are connected to the Assange case.
"We have not seen anything of such and we do not want to speculate either on what it could be," he said.
Englund said that they were developing routines to guard against such attacks and that this time their servers were down 20 minutes, compared to two hours last month, a sign that they were improving.