Danish hospital websites targeted in cyber attack

A hacker group took nine Danish hospital websites offline on Sunday afternoon, following a similar attack on Danish airports last Wednesday, and another in Sweden.

Danish hospital websites targeted in cyber attack
Copenhagen's Rigshospital earlier this month. A hacker attack linked to Russia took out several Danish hospital websites on Sunday. Photo: Ida Marie Odgaard/Ritzau Scanpix

The newly active hacker group Anonymous Sudan took credit for DDoS attacks, writing on its Telegraph site that the attacks were carried out in retaliation for activists who had burned the Quran in Denmark over the past week. 

“Some hospitals in Denmark have been attacked due to Quran burnings, and more will be attacked in the hours to come,” the post on the group’s Telegram site read. 

Although the group claims to be based in Sudan, the Swedish cyber security firm TrueSec claimed in a report last week that it is almost certainly a Russian hacker group, linked to the Russian government. It cited as evidence the fact that the group’s Telegram account is operated from Russia, that its posts are in Russian or English, and that its messages are amplified by accounts in the Russian hacker sphere. 

Anonymous Sudan earlier this month claimed responsibility for attacks on several websites in Sweden, including the national broadcaster SVT and the Swedish health service.

The sites taken down on Sunday included:,,,,,,,, and

In a post on Twitter, Copenhagen’s health authority pointed users to an emergency page on where all essential phone numbers were collected, and stressed that although the health authority’s website was down, all other hospital infrastructure was working as normal. 

The hospital and health authority’s websites later returned to normal operation, it said in a follow-up tweet.

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Denmark to add war crimes to criminal code

Denmark is to give international war crimes a specific paragraph in its criminal code, ending its position as one of the last European countries not to have specific laws on war crimes.

Denmark to add war crimes to criminal code

The government confirmed on Tuesday that it supports a motion by the opposition Socialist People’s Party (SF) to introduce a war crimes paragraph.

“I think it’s important to say first and foremost that war crimes are already illegal in Danish criminal law,” Justice Minister Peter Hummelgaard told news wire Ritzau.

“It is not written in as specific clauses in the criminal law, but all offences that are war crimes are criminal,” he said.

“But with all that said, I think that SF has an important point in saying that the time has now come for us to introduce an independent criminalisation of war crimes. I think that would send out an important message to the world, and especially to victims,” he said.

“I will therefore, when the motion is discussed tomorrow [Tuesday, ed.] say, that the government backs criminalising war crimes independently under Danish law,” he said.

Hummelgaard plans to initiate a committee to look into how laws against war crimes can be written and added to the criminal code.

The committee will also consider whether sentences for war crimes should be higher than existing sentences given from crimes such as murder and torture.