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By Bart H. Meijer and Sabine Siebold

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Parliament’s website was unavailable for several hours on Wednesday due to a “pro-Kremlin” hacker attack that restricted the service after its lawmakers designated Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism, it said. the president of the institution.

The Parliament’s website was back up and running shortly after 5 pm, about two hours after the institution reported the interruption.

“The European Parliament is under a sophisticated cyber attack. A pro-Kremlin group claimed responsibility,” European Parliament President Roberta Metsola said in a tweet shortly after the website went down.

“This, after we proclaimed Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism. My answer: SlavaUkraini (Glory to Ukraine),” she said.

The outage was caused by a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, which works by directing large volumes of internet traffic to certain servers in a relatively unsophisticated attempt by so-called “hacktivists” to take it down.

These attacks usually don’t do much damage.

A spokesman for Parliament did not immediately respond to questions about any damage.

Earlier on Wednesday, lawmakers approved declaring Russia a state sponsor of terrorism, arguing that Moscow’s military strikes against civilian targets such as power infrastructure, hospitals, schools and shelters violated international law.

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