The official website of the British royal family experienced a temporary outage this past weekend, believed to be due to a cyberattack reportedly linked to Russian hackers, as claimed by various news sources.
This Sunday, the primary digital platform of the royal family, Royal.UK was inaccessible for around an hour, as highlighted by media houses like The Telegraph and ABC News. Claims have arisen that the cyberactivist group with pro-Russian leanings, Killnet, is behind the denial of service (DoS) attack. As of now, Buckingham Palace remains silent about this interruption.
An insider from the royal circles informed PEOPLE that the website’s downtime resulted from a DoS attack, which typically overwhelms websites with an influx of traffic. This individual further clarified that there was no breach into the palace’s systems or content. The Royal.UK website serves as the primary online presence for the royal family, offering a plethora of details ranging from member biographies to the Court Circular and future royal events.
By Sunday’s end, the royal family’s website was operational, and by Monday, heightened security measures seemed evident.
The Telegraph notes that the spearhead of Killnet announced the attack on Telegram, a social networking platform. This group, known for its pro-Kremlin stance, has previously been associated with DoS attacks targeting nations that stand with Ukraine during the recent Russian incursion, which was initiated in February 2022.
While the British royal family is known for its neutrality in political discourse, they have displayed their solidarity with Ukraine during its current challenges.
In a significant development, King Charles vocally supported Ukraine during a noteworthy speech at the French Senate while on a state visit with Queen Camilla in late September. Delivering his speech in both French and English, he emphasized unwavering support for Ukraine and the importance of unity.
His words resonated, “Today, marking over eight decades since our joint efforts to free Europe, we once again confront unprovoked hostility on our lands. Our unity and commitment are paramount. In firm unity, we side with the Ukrainians. Our shared belief in the eventual triumph of Ukraine and the preservation of our freedoms remains steadfast,” stated King Charles. He further commented on the current events, highlighting their potential impact on our cherished values.
In a significant gesture, during their initial day in France, King Charles and Queen Camilla, accompanied by French President Emmanuel Macron and First Lady Brigitte Macron, partook in a solemn ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe. This monument stands in memory of those who perished in the French Revolution and the Napoleonic wars. In a touching moment, King Charles reignited the perpetual flame at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.