Main Danish News Agency Down Following ‘Professional’ Hacking Attack

Police arrive at Copenhagen City Court in Copenhagen on Thursday, December 12, 2019. - Twenty people have been arrested and 20 addresses have been searched Wednesday, December 11, 2019 in connection with a major anti-terrorist campaign. Those arrested are being questioned now in the constitutional hearing. (Photo by Philip Davali …
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COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) – Denmark´s biggest news agency that delivers text and photos to Danish media was knocked offline following a hacking attack Tuesday.

“Ritzau has been the target of a hacker attack early this morning. It appears to be a professional attack,” the news agency´s CEO Lars Vesterloekke said. “We have now chosen to shut down all our servers because we were unsure how much damage the attack could cause.”

Email and telephones were down and news was instead sent out via an emergency email system. It was unclear who was behind the attack and when the agency would be back online.

Since 1866, Copenhagen-based Ritzau has distributed information and produced news for Danish media, organizations and companies.

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