There has been a massive hacking attack on government websites in Ukraine. This happened on Friday evening, the Education Ministry in the capital Kiev said via Facebook. As a result, this is a “global attack”.
Ukrainian Ambassador to Berlin Andrij Melnyk told RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland (RND) about one of the “worst cyber attacks against Ukrainian government agencies”. “The government is taking this insidious attack very seriously,” Melnyk said. The investigation would be in full swing. “It is still too early to say who exactly is behind this large-scale sabotage,” the ambassador said on Friday afternoon.
According to the Kiev Ministry of Education, the target of the attack was, among others, the official government website and the websites of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Energy and the Ministry of Civil Protection. . The attack was widespread, he said. The home pages of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Energy, the government and the emergency services were not accessible in the morning.
A police unit specializing in cyber attacks has opened investigations, the energy ministry said. It is still unclear who exactly is behind the attack.
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Ukraine accuses Russia
However, Ukraine has targeted Russia. The Ministry of Culture and Information Policy announced Friday in Kiev that the attacks were “according to the first data” from Russia. For example, there were initial indications of the attacks in Russian media even before they were picked up in Ukraine. Ministry experts suspected the attacks were linked to “Russia’s recent defeat in talks on Ukraine’s future cooperation with NATO.”
US journalist Christopher Miller shared a screenshot of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry’s website on Twitter. You can see various anti-Ukrainian symbols there, as well as a message. “Ukrainians! (…) Any information about you has become public, be afraid and expect worse, ”Miller said in the post.
In addition, the Internet pages of the ministries of defense and education were affected by the cyberattack, reports the journalist. According to Miller, Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry said it was too early to draw any conclusions from the website crash. One is measuring the damage caused by the attack.
The authorities are looking for the culprits
Together with the national SBU secret service and cyber police, the perpetrators are now wanted, he said. The National Information Security Service assured that no personal data of Ukrainians had been copied. Some pages have been taken offline for security reasons. All publicly available content is still available. By noon, the problems persisted.
As Ukrainian media report, the Foreign Ministry initially made an announcement in Russian, Polish and Ukrainian. He said: “All the data on the computer has been destroyed, it is impossible to restore it.”
Ukrainian institutions have already been victims of cyber attacks on several occasions. On December 23, 2015, for example, a hacker attack resulted in the world’s first major blackout, caused by an attack via the Internet. In 2017, a malware attack crippled various websites of Ukrainian ministries, organizations and banks. Investigators routinely arrest local computer criminals.