Ukrainian government websites shut down due to large-scale hacking

Hack on Friday shut down several government websites in Ukraine, reports show a spokesperson for the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry. It is too early to draw conclusions on who is behind the hack, the spokesperson said, “but Ukraine has a long history of attacks from Russia.”

As of Friday morning, the websites of the ministries of Foreign Affairs, Education and Emergency Situations, among others, were not accessible. Before the hack, according to AFP, the authors posted a disturbing message on one of the sites in Ukrainian, Russian and Polish. “Ukrainians, be afraid and prepare for the worst. All of your personal information has been uploaded to the web.

EU Foreign Affairs Chief Josep Borrell condemned the attack in the morning. “Unfortunately, we knew it could happen,” he told reporters, without explaining further. According to him, it is difficult to say who is responsible for the hack without proof. “I can’t blame anyone because I have no proof, but we can imagine who is behind it.”

At the end of 2015, 230,000 Ukrainians were without electricity for hours after the electricity grid was shut down by a cyber attack. A year and a half later, Ukraine was hit hard by a series of ransomware attacks that have spread beyond the country. Both attacks are attributed by specialists and intelligence services to hacker groups affiliated with the Kremlin.

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In December, the. New York Times that the US and UK have sent cyber warfare experts to Ukraine to better prepare the country for digital attacks. Such an attack could be the first step in a further escalation between Ukraine and neighboring Russia.

Russia has sent tens of thousands of troops and equipment to the border with Ukraine in recent months. Kiev and the West fear that Moscow is preparing for an invasion, which the Kremlin denies.

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This week, delegations from Russia, NATO and the United States have sat around the table several times to calm people down, but so far to no avail. Among other things, Russia wants NATO, which expanded after the end of the Cold War to include a number of countries that were previously part of the Warsaw Pact, not to include more former Soviet republics. in its ranks. The Kremlin also wants no NATO troops or equipment to be stationed in Poland and the Baltic states, among others.

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An equally unsuccessful Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) summit followed Thursday in Vienna. Russian Ambassador to the OSCE Alexander Lukashevich called the outcome of the talks “disappointing”, while his American colleague Michael Carpenter later warned that “the war drum sounds ominous”.

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