On Wednesday the news portal DELFI received an email which contained demand to remove the publication about the alleged buying of Lithuanian votes in support to Russia’s Eurovision performer.
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The email, which contained the address of firstname.lastname@example.org and was written in Russian, said that DELFI was urged to remove the article published in the portal’s Russian version under the link: http://ru.delfi.lt/news/live/pered-finalom-evrovideniya-pokupayut-golosa-litovcev-za-rossiyu.d?id=61417641 .
The email further stated that the content was malicious and untrue and was negatively affecting the reputation of both Russia and the Russian singer Dina Garipova (Russia’s Eurovision entry).
It was demanded that the article was removed within one hour, otherwise, radical measures would be applied to the portal (DELFI), referred to as “a source of public disinformation” in the said email.
Indeed, after one hour the portal was attacked and became inaccessible. The head of DELFI’s IT department Kristijonas Šiaulys said: “This was a clear DDoS attack. The portal was accessed from various countries, among which were Turkey, Russia, Japan and Brazil. Those computers were connected in the so-called ‘botnet’. We have managed to ward off the attack.”