Attacks on Ukrainian Government and Banking

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According to Ukrainian authorities, the websites of Ukrainian government agencies and central banks were targeted by a cyberattack on February 15.

The attack, which was the latest in a series of cyber-espionage operations against Ukraine, came after weeks of growing concern that Russia would invade its neighbouring country. In a series of signals on Tuesday, Russia appeared to be backing away from the brink of an invasion, but Western powers demanded confirmation.

At least ten Ukrainian websites were rendered inaccessible due to distributed denial of service attacks, including those of the Defense Ministry, the Foreign Ministry, the Culture Ministry, and Ukraine’s two largest state banks.

Customers at Privatbank, Ukraine’s largest state-owned bank, and Sberbank, another state-owned bank, have complained about difficulties making online payments and using the banks’ mobile apps.

“There is no threat to depositors’ funds,” the Center for Strategic Communications and Information Security of the Ukrainian Information Ministry said in a statement. Victor Zhora, the deputy minister, confirmed that a cyberattack had taken place.

The ministry speculated that Russia was behind the incident on Tuesday but did not provide any specifics. In the statement, it was stated that “it is possible that the aggressor used tactics of petty mischief because his aggressive plans aren’t working overall.”

Ukrainian officials said that Russia was behind a cyberattack that briefly shut down around 70 Ukrainian government websites at the same time in mid-January. Russia has denied the allegations. During the attack last month, an announcement was posted on social media stating that Ukrainians should “be afraid and prepare for the worst.” Russian President Vladimir Putin launched one of the most devastating cyberattacks on Ukraine in 2017, using the NotPetya virus, which caused more than $10 billion in damage worldwide. The virus, which was also known as ransomware, was a so-called “wiper,” which could wipe out entire networks. The United States has publicly accused Russia of preparing an invasion of Ukraine and has emphasised that cybersecurity continues to be a major concern for the country.

Written by ZeZom.com Staff.

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