According to Kiev, several Ukrainian government sites were the target of a cyber attack on Friday, January 14th. The attack, not claimed immediately, occurs Amid rising tensions between Ukraine and Russia, Kiev and its Western allies are accusing it of plotting a new invasion of Ukrainian territory.
“The official website of the Ministry of Education and Science has been temporarily shut down due to the global attack from January 13 to 14.”, Announced the latter on his Facebook page. Agency France-Presse reported on Friday morning that the sites of other ministries, including emergency situations and foreign affairs, were also inaccessible.
However, officials have not released whether the information technology infrastructure has been disabled or disrupted. “Our experts are working hard to restore the functioning of computer systems and the police have begun an investigation.”, Said the Ukrainian diplomatic spokesman. “Provocative news has been posted on the home pages of these sites, but the content of those sites has not been altered and no personal data leaks have taken place, according to available information”, Pledged to Ukrainian intelligence.
Threats to the Foreign Ministry website
Before the Foreign Ministry’s website was made inaccessible, threatening news was posted on its home page in Ukrainian, Russian and Polish by cyber-attackers. “Ukrainians, be afraid and get ready for the worst. All your personal data has been uploaded to the Internet, Can we read. The message contained several symbols, including the cross-section of the Ukrainian flag.
Ukraine has been the target of numerous cyber attacks in recent years, especially against a number of critical infrastructure in 2017 and its power outage in 2015. Kiev and its Western allies have repeatedly accused Moscow of carrying out computer attacks against their countries. Sites and Infrastructure Russia is defending itself against this.
The U.S. Department of Justice revealed in October that six Russian military intelligence agents had been charged in connection with the cyber attacks. They are believed to be the source of other attacks around the world, such as the 2017 French elections and attacks targeting Emmanuel Macron’s party ahead of the 2018 Olympics in South Korea.