The Directorate-General for Health (DGS) reported on Saturday that its ‘site’ was the target of a cyberattack that prevented access to data and services, but at 11:00 p.m. “it was functional”.
“The Directorate-General for Health informs that its official website – www.dgs.pt – was the target of a cyberattack that prevented access to the data and services usually available,” reads a note from the DGS.
In the same note, sent Saturday night, the DGS indicated that the ‘site’ was already operational.
The Directorate-General for Health also said that it “contacted the National Cybersecurity Center, which is evaluating and monitoring the situation, in order to take measures to mitigate the impact of this attack”.
This information, adds the DGS, “will be updated whenever relevant”.
The Expresso newspaper also reported on Saturday that the Internet addresses of the DGS and the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Lisbon have been “unoperational since, at least, early Saturday afternoon, following an attack by a group of Russian cyberactivists”.
“In the counter and cyberespionage circuit there were indications that the Killnet group, which is usually pointed out as an operational and propagandistic arm of the Russian government in the digital underworld, launched a challenge to a cyberattack of network congestion against medical institutions in several countries that have aligned with the Ukrainian position – including Portugal,” the newspaper wrote.