Several Belgian media websites experienced a network overload yesterday afternoon, making their platforms temporarily unavailable. Media companies affected were RTBF, the online newspapers in the Mediahuis group (De Standaard, Het Nieuwsblad and L’Avenir) and Gazet Van Antwerpen.
The Antwerp daily newspaper stated that the attack took place around 3 p.m. and came from a group dubbed the “Syrian Electronic Army”.
According to the demands published on the Gazet Van Antwerpen website, this group are accusing these Belgian media sources of concealing Belgian air force operations in Syria.
The group cited the bombing of civilians, which is thought to have been the cause of over a dozen deaths within the Aleppo region on October 18th.
Russia asserted on October 19th that Belgian F-16s had, the previous day, killed civilians in Syria. The Belgian government “categorically” refuted these accusations.