Ukraine: Massive cyber attack on government websites

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A massive cyber-attack warning Ukrainians to “fear and wait for the worst” hit Ukrainian government websites last Thursday night, rendering some of them inaccessible this morning and forcing Ukrainian authorities to begin research.

The content of government websites did not change during the cyber-attacks and no personal data was leaked, the Ukrainian government said recently, noting that a number of other government websites had been shut down to prevent the attack from spreading to other sources. but most of the affected state sources have already been restored.

A spokesman for Ukraine’s foreign ministry also told Reuters it was too early to say who might be behind the attack, but noted that Russia had been behind similar strikes in the past.

The cyber-attack, which hit the Foreign Ministry, the cabinet and the Security and Defense Council, among others, came as Kiev and its allies sounded the alarm over a possible new military strike on Ukraine.

Russia has in the past denied that it was behind cyber-attacks in Ukraine.

“Ukrainians! All your personal data has been uploaded to the public network. All your computer data has been corrupted, it is impossible to recover it,” said a message posted on attacked government websites in Ukrainian, Russian and Polish.

“All the information about you has been made public, fear and expect the worst. This applies to your past, your present and your future.”

The United States warned on Thursday that the threat of a Russian military intervention was high. Russia says dialogue is continuing but deadlocked as Moscow tries to persuade the West to block Ukraine’s NATO membership and overturn decades of alliance expansion into Europe – demands that the United States has said “can not to be the basis for continuity “.

“It’s too early to draw conclusions, but there have been a long series of Russian attacks on Ukraine in the past,” a spokesman for the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry told Reuters.

A senior Ukrainian security official told Reuters: “All cybersecurity agents were aware of such potential challenges from the Russian Federation. So the response to these incidents was normal.”

Source: AMPE

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Source From: Capital

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