Albanian Parliament’s data system hit by a cyberattack

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Albanian Parliament's data system hit by a cyberattack
Albanian Parliament's data system hit by a cyberattack

Allegedly from Iranian-based hackers called Homeland Justice, a cellphone provider and an air flight company were also targeted by Monday’s cyberattacks.

Albania’s Parliament suffered a cyberattack with hackers trying to get into the Parliament’s data system, resulting in a temporary halt in its services, the Parliament said.

Adding that experts were working to discover what consequences the attack could have, a statement said Monday’s cyberattack had not “touched the data of the system.” The system’s services would resume at a later time, it said.

Allegedly from Iranian-based hackers called Homeland Justice, a cellphone provider and an air flight company were also targeted by Monday’s cyberattacks, local media reported. The hackers could not be verified independently.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry was blamed by the government and multinational technology companies for a cyberattack that Albania suffered in July 2022. The attack, believed to be in retaliation for Albania sheltering members of the Iranian opposition group Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, or MEK, led the government to cut diplomatic relations with Iran two months later.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry noted that Iran has suffered cyberattacks from the MEK and denied Tehran was behind an attack on Albanian government websites.

To seize computer devices allegedly linked to prohibited political activities, Albanian authorities raided a camp for exiled MEK members in June.

Around 2,500 Iranian exiles have been sheltered in Albania since 2013. They are not supposed to engage in any political activity and must abide by the country’s laws.

NATO member Albania was supported by the United States, NATO, and the European Union in the dispute.

The reported cyberattacks in Albania “are not related to the presence or activities” of MEK members in the country, MEK’s media spokesperson Ali Safavi claimed.

Saying that MEK members should be extended all rights, including freedom of expression and assembly, Safavi also slammed the assertion that MEK members cannot engage in political activity while in Albania.

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