On Saturday, a Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attack was launched against Ignitis Group, a Lithuania-based energy company that is one of the largest energy suppliers in the Baltic states. The attack disrupted Ignitis Group’s websites and digital services. Killnet, a pro-Russian hacking organization, claims responsibility for the attack on its Telegram channel, making it the most recent in a string of operations the group has launched in Lithuania as retaliation for that nation’s backing of Ukraine in its conflict with Russia.
According to its July 9 Facebook post, the Ignitis Group mitigated the impact of the attack on its systems and discovered no breaches. However, the post also made it clear that attacks were still ongoing. The vice-minister for the national defense of Lithuania warned against giving such cyber-attacks undue attention in a radio interview. “We need to understand that publicity is a very important part of these attacks. If we don’t talk about them, the other side will lose motivation. When we talk about alleged victories, about alleged punishment of Lithuania, it’s motivating the other side,” stated Margiris Abukevicius.
Ignitis Group’s primary operations include electricity and heat generation and delivery, as well as power and natural gas trading and distribution in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, and Finland. The group’s businesses provide electricity and natural gas to about 1.6 million commercial and residential clients. Lithuanian institutions and enterprises have been subjected to extensive cyberattacks since late June, after Lithuania began enforcing EU sanctions on products heading to Kaliningrad, a Russian exclave on the Baltic coast.