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Kela website hit by DoS attack

The website holds sensitive information but no customer data has been compromised, a Kela spokesperson said.

Kela said it was well-prepared to withstand such attacks. Image: Ilkka Klemola / Yle
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Finland's social security institution Kela took some of its systems offline on Friday following a suspected cyber attack.

"Kela's online services and MyKanta services have been temporarily unavailable today 9.12. due to DoS attacks. No customer data has been compromised," the institution tweeted (siirryt toiseen palveluun) in the afternoon, adding that repair work was ongoing.

Kela's online services provide access to a variety of sensitive data including information concerning customers' health and social welfare.

"There's been a lot of DoS attacks around, and we at Kela have been prepared for being targeted ourselves. We have the situation under control," Kela's IT Director Jukka Melanen said in a press release.

Finnish authorities issued warnings of ian ncreased risk of cyber attacks since Russia invasion of Ukraine and Finland's subsequent decision to apply to join the Nato military alliance.

Recent incidents include cyber attacks on Finnish news agency STT and the government's joint publication archive Valto, which were targeted last August, and on Yle's streaming service Yle Areena in October.

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