Before going offline, the following message appeared on the targeted websites: “This website is part of government propaganda! We bring you the truth! Independent press instead of government propaganda!”
The cyberattack comes less than a week before Hungary’s parliamentary elections, April 3.
In a Facebook post, Justice Minister Judit Varga called the attention of OSCE election observers to the attacks, suspecting Hungary’s left-liberal opposition parties were behind the act.
“The world-famous leftist freedom of the press is being manifested,” Minister Varga wrote, wondering whether this is “what awaits us if the left-wing comes to power on 3 April?”