Russian cyber attack on Ukraine downs government websites

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A few hours ago, Ukraine government’s critical websites were hit by a cyber attack, blocking access to thousands of users from the past 6 hours. Reports are in that the most affected were the embassy websites belonging to UK, US and Swedish operating in Ukraine pointing the suspicion finger towards Russia.

From the past 5-6 hours websites belonging to the Foreign Affairs Ministry of Ukraine and Education Ministry were blocked from access and the message that was displaying on the home page was as follows- “Ukrainians!…All your info is exposed to public and be afraid and expect the worse as its your past, present and future”.

Although the hackers did not use the exact words as stated above, it’s still in context. The message also displayed the national flag of the nation with a cross on it and referring it as historical land.

SBU Security Service of Ukraine assured that no information was stolen in the attack and only resulted in a digital disruption that will be brought back to normalcy in a few hours. Thus, dismissing the rumors about a Darktrace Ransomware attack on the government servers.

In the meantime, when Ukraine was jostling with the cyber attack, Russia deployed 100,000 military personnel at the border, breaching the agreement made with NATO a few months ago.

Ukraine’s Separatist Army(UPA) tweeted that it takes the responsibility of defacing the websites related to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Education Ministry.

However, the truth is that UPA existed over 50 years ago and so the latest digital intrusion could be the work of a state funded actor who wants to divert the attention of the authorities and escape with sly.

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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