Manchester: Eastern European hackers have targeted the Greater Manchester police website making it inaccessible for users on Wednesday night.
The hacking has been described as a Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS), which involves many computers accessing the police website in order to overload it. That also caused the downing of the Manchester Airport website.
Following the attack, a tweet from Greater Manchester police said they were able to resolve “technical” problems. But the system crashed again soon after.
Later on, a message tweeted from an anonymous Twitter account holder from Lithuania claimed responsibility for the cyber- attack and demanded that the Manchester police acknowledge it an attack not IT failure. “Disclose out there that I was the one who knocked your site or I will not stop here,” the tweet said.
The hacker tweeted yet another message claiming that he was behind the downing of the Manchester city council and airport websites. “I think these problems responsible was me”.
Ian Hopkins, Greater Manchester Deputy Chief Constable has acknowledged the hack attack calling the incidents as “malicious attempt” to disrupt services. “We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused to members of the public and we are working to resolve this issue as quickly as possible,” he said.