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Something huge happened in Sweden on March 19 2016 – the two biggest media houses were attacked in a DDoS-attack timed to coincide with “Earth Hour”, the hour when we’re all encouraged to turn off our lights for an hour to show we care about saving the planet. In a split-second everyone was talking about security.
The attack was the most well-coordinated and sophisticated DDoS-attack ever seen in Sweden. Since then the news agenda has been focused on IT-security and how vulnerable businesses are to attacks. From being an issue for C-level executives, security is now discussed around the breakfast tables in Swedish homes. IT-security has become one of the hottest subjects in the Nordics and the incident is considered very serious and damaging for Swedish society.
Swedish authorities, all the way up to the Prime minister are concerned about the attack, which seemingly is the most powerful of its kind in Swedish history. The media discussion very quickly moved from hosting companies at risk, to questions angled towards the consequences that this defencelessness may have on security in society itself. The DDoS-attack confirms that cyber attacks are continuously increasing and that many companies out there are not prepared to deal with severe incidents.
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Some of the many, many articles written about the attacks: http://www.nyteknik.se/digitalisering/medie-attackerna-anses-systemhotande-6537667
Talk ””Christmas tree attack” made Swedish mediahouses shut down this weekend” http://www.idg.se/2.1085/1.653844/julgransattack-ddos-mediesajter
”Enterprises afflicted by what seems likely to be the biggest co-ordinated attack in Sweden this far” http://www.dn.se/nyheter/sverige/flera-foretag-drabbade-av-storsta-attacken-hittills/