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Russian hacker claims to take down Royal Family's official website in cyber 'attack'

A Russian hacker is claiming to be behind a cyber 'attacks' to have taken the Royal Family's official website offline.

The URL currently displays an error message stating Gateway time-out Error code 504, as hacker KillMilk have bragged on Telegram of their success.

The so-called hacker wrote "attack on pedophiles..." with a sad face emoji on the messaging site. A picture of King Charles was used in the background.

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Check Host, a website that covers sites going down, wrote: "[This is] incredible if real!"

'Black Skills,' a Private Military Hacking Company headed by KillMilk

The site showed a list of countries where the Royal website was down, including the UK, UAE, Ukraine, US, Turkey, Russia, Japan, Poland and more.

KillMilk is the leader of the Russian hacktivist DDoS (denial of service) collective Killnet. He recently announced on Telegram the establishment of “Black Skills,” a Private Military Hacking Company.

The name is believed to be inspired by private military companies in Russia - primarily the Wagner Group.

The URL displayed an error message stating Gateway time-out Error code 504

Killnet is known for its DDoS campaigns against countries supporting Ukraine, especially NATO countries, since the start of the war in February last year.

DDoS attacks can cause thousands of connection requests and packets to be sent to the target server or website per minute, slowing down or even stopping vulnerable systems.

The Star has contacted Buckingham Palace for comment.

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