Two websites used to present the Czech Republic’s parliamentary election results were knocked offline after a DDoS attack last Saturday afternoon.
According to the Czech Statistical Office (CSU) the vote count was not affected, in a statement on their website explaining, “During the processing, there was a targeted DDoS attack aimed at the infrastructure of the O2 company used for elections. As a result, servers volby.cz and volbyhned.cz had been temporarily partly inaccessible. The attack did not in any way affect either the infrastructure used for the transmission of election results to the CSU headquarters or the independent data processing.”
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It’s unclear if the attacks were launched in response to the election results. The anti-establishment ANO party’s billionaire populist Andrej Babis won the largest share of the vote at nearly 30%. The sites are now back up and running, but DDoS attacks can have a serious impact on the democratic process. Just look at the hack that compromised the DNC just ahead of the 2016 US presidential election.
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