Ukraine Government Websites Down due to Hacking Attack
Ukrainian officials said that numerous official websites of Ukraine were shut down on Friday following a massive cyberattack.
Although it’s not sure who was responsible for the attack, they occurred amid increased tensions between Russia, and after negotiations with Moscow with the West did not result in substantial progress this week.
“As a result of a major hacking attack, The sites belonging to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and many other government agencies are down temporarily. Our experts are currently in the process of restoring the functions of the IT systems,” the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ spokesperson Foreign Ministry Oleg Nikolenko, wrote on Facebook on Friday.
Nikolenko said to The Associated Press it was too early to say who was responsible for the attacks.”It’s too soon to attract conclusions because the analysis is ongoing , but there is a long record of Russian cyber assaults against Ukraine in the past,” the official stated.
Moscow had formerly denied participation in cyberattacks against Ukraine.
Cabinet’s websites, seven ministries, the Treasury and the National Emergency Service, and the State Services website, where Ukrainians can access their electronic passports and vaccination certificates, were down on Friday as a consequence due to the hack.
The websites carried the following message written in Ukrainian, Russian, and Polish and claimed that the personal information of Ukrainians was leaked into the public domain. “Be afraid and anticipate the worst. This message is for your past and present,” the message read in part.
Ukraine’s State Service of Communication and Information Protection has stated that no personal information has been released.
According to the US, Russia has amassed around 100,000 troops in Ukraine, an increase that has raised fears of an attack. Moscow declares that it does not have plans to attack, and it rejects Washington’s request to withdraw its troops, saying that it is entitled to deploy its troops wherever needed.
The Kremlin has required security guarantees in the West, precluding NATO’s expansion eastwards.
In the last month, Moscow submitted draft security documents that demanded that NATO stop granting membership to Ukraine as well as the other ex-Soviet countries and reduce the deployments of its military throughout Central as well as Eastern Europe.Washington, as well as its partners, have resisted the need to offer such assurances. However, they said they were willing to engage in talks.
High-risk talks were held in the last week’s talks between Moscow and the US, followed by a joint meeting between Russia and NATO representatives and a conference with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe but failed to achieve any significant progress.