Kiev has accused the Russians of having ties to Moscow for previous visits to key websites and infrastructure
NATO announced on Friday that it plans to deepen cyber cooperation with Ukraine after a sweeping attack took down key government websites in Kiev amid rising tensions between Russia and the United States. West about Ukrainian security.
“In the coming days, NATO and Ukraine will sign an agreement on enhanced cybersecurity cooperation, including Ukraine’s access to NATO’s Malware Information Sharing Platform. “said General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg.
Kiev said the damage was limited and withheld on the division of responsibility, but the ex-Soviet country accused the Russians of having ties to Moscow for previous attacks on key websites and infrastructure.
Ukraine’s foreign ministry described the attack that brought down its site and other government portals as “massive”.
“All information about you has become public, be afraid and expect the worst,” the message read.
“The content of the sites has not been modified and according to preliminary information, no personal data has been disclosed,” the SBU’s security department said in a statement.
Kiev did not immediately blame any individual or entity and EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said it was too early “to point fingers at anyone. We have no proof” .
In October 2020, the United States accused six Russians of carrying out cyberattacks on the Ukrainian power grid, the 2017 French elections and the 2018 Winter Olympics.
The latest attack came at a time of high tensions between Russia and the West over Ukraine, a close ally of the United States and Europe.
The West has accused Russia of deploying tanks, artillery and around 100,000 troops to Ukraine’s war-torn eastern border in recent weeks, in what NATO says is preparations for an invasion.
“And one is a large-scale conventional military attack, and there are other layers and we’ll have to see what we find out today,” she said.
Footage released by the Russian Defense Ministry on Friday shows Russian tanks and infantrymen carrying out firing exercises near the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don, near Ukraine.
Russia also says the US-led military alliance should not admit Ukraine or Georgia as new members.
Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Thursday that Moscow saw no reason to hold a new round of security talks with the West following the lack of progress.
Ukraine on Friday proposed three-way talks with US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin amid invasion fears.
Originally published as NATO promises cyber deal with Ukraine after ‘massive’ government hack