A massive cyberattack warning Ukrainians to “be afraid and expect the worst” hit government websites Thursday night, rendering some websites inaccessible Friday morning and prompting Ukraine to open an investigation.
Ukraine’s foreign ministry spokesman told Reuters it was too early to say who might be behind the attack, but said Russia had been behind similar strikes in the past.
The cyber attack, which hit the foreign ministry, the cabinet of ministers and the security and defense council, among others, comes as Kiev and its allies have sounded the alarm over a possible new military offensive against the Ukraine.
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Russia has previously denied being behind cyberattacks against Ukraine.
“Ukrainian! All your personal data has been uploaded to the public network. All data on the computer is destroyed, it is impossible to restore it,” reads a message visible on hacked government sites, written in Ukrainian, Russian and Polish. .
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“All information about you has become public, be afraid and expect the worst. This is for your past, your present and your future.
Russia warns NATO of further deterioration in relations
The United States warned on Thursday that the threat of a Russian military invasion was high. Russia has said dialogue is continuing but has hit a stalemate as it tries to persuade the West to prevent Ukraine from joining NATO and roll back decades of NATO expansion. alliance in Europe – demands that the United States has called “non-starters”.
“It is too early to draw conclusions, but there is a long record of Russian aggression against Ukraine in the past,” the Foreign Ministry spokesman told Reuters.
A senior Ukrainian security official told Reuters: “All cybersecurity subjects were aware of such possible provocations by the Russian Federation. Therefore, the response to these incidents is conducted as usual.
(Writing by Matthias Williams; Editing by Toby Chopra)