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 Website had been down for several hours as of 6pm just a week after a similar attack on the EIB

The Luxembourg City council said it has been the target of a cyber attack which has taken its website offline, as the capital is hosting EU foreign ministers and just a week after the European Investment Bank had been hit by a similar attack.

“Our website has been targeted by a cyberattack”, the Ville de Luxembourg said in a tweet at 5:21PM on Monday.

“The site http://vdl.lu has been disabled until further notice. Our services are actively working to remedy the situation and restore access as quickly as possible,” the tweet said.

Two hours before the council confirmed the attack, the Luxembourg Times received an anonymous message from a Protonmail account, saying that “CyberTriad Hack team is responsible for the cyberattack on vdl.lu website.”

The email added that the City of Luxembourg was targeted because the city is hosting a meeting of EU foreign ministers Foreign Affairs Council. “Instead of negotiations, ministers push our world towards an international conflict with Russia and China. This is insane! WWIII is not an option,” the email said.

The Luxembourg Times had no means of verifying the origin of the message, nor the nature of the group named claiming responsibility.

The Luxembourg City council did not respond to a request for comment from the Luxembourg Times.

Just a week ago, the European Investment Bank’s website was also taken down for several hours by a cyber attack, with the bloc’s multilateral lender offering no further details as to the origins of the attack.

Last year, Luxembourg’s main energy supplier Encevo was hacked and the hackers published a trove of client data on the dark web, the firm said at the time.

The BlackCat hacker group started publishing approximately 100GB of Encevo data on the dark web – a part of the internet accessible only through special software – according to cybersecurity firm Resecurity.

(Additional reporting by John Monaghan)

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