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Cyberattack hits government websites – warning of “worse”

Cyberattack hits government websites - warning of

There has been a massive hacking attack on government websites in Ukraine. The Ministry of Education in the capital Kiev announced on Facebook that this had happened on Friday night. Accordingly, it is a “worldwide attack”. The Ambassador of Ukraine in Berlin, Andriy Melnyk, spoke to the editorial network Germany (RND) of one of the “worst cyber attacks on state authorities in Ukraine”. “The government takes this insidious attack very seriously,” said Melnyk. The investigation would be in full swing. “It is too early to say who exactly is behind this large-scale sabotage,” the ambassador said on Friday afternoon. According to the Ministry of Education in Kiev, the target of the attack was, among other things, the official website of the government as well as the websites of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Energy and the Ministry of Civil Protection. The attack was widespread, it said. The websites of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Energy, the government and the emergency services could not be accessed in the morning. A police unit specializing in cyber attacks has started investigations, the Department of Energy said. It is still unclear who exactly is behind the attack. Video The unrest in Kazakhstan explained: what is behind the conflict? Thousands of people took to the streets in Kazakhstan. Meanwhile, the country’s president reacted in an authoritarian manner and even issued an order to shoot. © RND

Ukraine blames Russia

However, Ukraine has targeted Russia. According to the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy in Kiev on Friday, the attacks came from Russia “according to initial data”. In the Russian media there were already first indications of the attacks even before they were picked up in Ukraine. The ministry’s experts suspected that the attacks were related to a “recent defeat by Russia in talks on Ukraine’s future cooperation with NATO.” American journalist Christopher Miller shared a screenshot of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry’s website on Twitter. It features various anti-Ukraine symbols and a message. “Ukrainian! (…) Any information about you has become public, fear and expect worse,” Miller wrote in the statement. The journalist reports that the websites of the defense and education ministries were also affected by the cyber attack. According to Miller, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine said it was too early to draw any conclusions about the site crash. One is in the process of measuring the damage of the attack.

Authorities are looking for polluters

Together with the domestic secret service SBU and the cyber police, the polluters are now being sought, it said. The State Service for Information Security assured that no personal data of Ukrainians was copied. Some pages have been taken offline for security reasons. All publicly accessible content is still available. At noon the problems continued. As Ukrainian media reported, the Foreign Ministry initially made an announcement in Russian, Polish and Ukrainian. It said: “All data on the computer is destroyed, it is impossible to recover it.” Ukrainian institutions have already been victims of cyber attacks on several occasions. For example, on December 23, 2015, a hacker attack led to the world’s first major power outage caused by an Internet attack. Also in 2017, a malware attack paralyzed various websites of Ukrainian ministries, organizations and banks. Investigators regularly arrest local computer criminals.

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