- March 7, 2022
The Number of Cyberattacks Has Increased by a Third During the Week
During the war in Ukraine, more cyberattacks are observed in Lithuania. Still, this fact does not allow one to say that Lithuania is experiencing more attacks from Russia – says the head of the National Cybersecurity Centre.
Rytis Rainys attributes the increase in the number of cyberattacks last week to people’s vigilance – responding to the smallest signals.
“We are noting an increase in the number of cyberattacks. Last week there were about 111 attacks, about 30 percent more than in previous weeks. Does this mean that there are more attacks from the hostile state happening in Lithuania? I wouldn’t say so. The alarm level is likely higher for everyone; everyone monitors their activities more, notices anomalies and reports them,” – he said on Monday in the Subcommittee on High Technology, Innovation and Digital Economy of the Economic Commission for the Parliament.
Rainys emphasized, among other things, that it would be good if “this tenderness and increased supervision were maintained, not reduced.”
According to the head of the NCSC, in 28 cases, the number of personal equipment damage cases increased to 63. Moreover, there were 4 burglaries in a week, and 11 (4 more than last week) instances of spam and misleading information were reported.
According to R. Rainys, there has been an increase in reports of disinformation being spread.
“Many are reporting to us, although this is not a direct cybersecurity issue; we did not find any disinformation after the break-in. This disinformation has to do with Ukraine and the hostilities there,” – he said.
According to him, the media is currently the biggest target of disinformation.
Translated by Marta Graban within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.