Ukraine reports hacking of government websites

Status: 01/14/2022 09:13 a.m

The Ukrainian authorities have reported a massive cyber attack on government websites. Several websites were no longer accessible, it said – including that of the Foreign Ministry. A special unit started the investigation.

Several Ukrainian government websites were the target of a massive cyber attack during the night. The Ministry of Education and Research in Kiev said on its Facebook page that the ministry’s website was temporarily down after the “widespread” attack.

The website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs could not be accessed either. In the early morning, the words “Be afraid and expect the worst” were temporarily read there in Ukrainian, Russian and Polish. The websites of the Ministry of Disaster Management and the cabinet were also unavailable.

A police unit specializing in cyber attacks has started investigations, the Department of Energy said. It was initially unclear who was behind the attack.

Ongoing tensions with Russia

The cyber attack comes against the background of heightened tensions between Russia and the West in the Ukraine conflict. With a massive Russian troop deployment on the border with Ukraine, there are fears Moscow could attack the neighboring country. Several diplomatic crisis talks in the past few days were intended to ease tensions, but failed to bring about a breakthrough.

After several rounds of talks with Western countries, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov warned of a dead end on Thursday. He justified this by saying that the US government and its allies did not want to meet the demands for security guarantees from Russia. Russia will now use “other measures and techniques” in relation to the West.

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