In the past few weeks the website and informatics services of Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso have been under a DdoS attack. The raids have reached our server causing dysfunctions. Among other problems, we could not send you our by-weekly English newsletter last week as usual.
The anonymous hackers have established a communication line with our editorial staff through a fake Facebook address, ordering us to cancel from our archive the following articles: Corruption and oil in Azerbaijan, Chechnya, school of corruption, Croatia: HDZ ringed by corruption ahead of the elections, Bosnia: international judges under scrutiny
If the articles disappear, the hackers stated, the cyber attacks will stop. Soon after our servers in Germany and the UK were attacked and turned off, and we received a new post threatening further consequences, i.e. the destruction of all our informatics system.
Over the past 10 years, since we started our work, the guiding line of Osservatorio has always been the interest and right of the reader to a free information. While we apologize for last weeks failure, we wish to inform our readers that we will continue along this way, and will not accept being blackmailed.