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Ukraine suffers “massive” cyberattack against government websites

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This Friday, websites of the government of Ukraine they were the target of a great cyber attack. The authorities assured that there was no significant damage, in an incident that occurs amid strong tensions with Russia.

Ukraine and its western allies have repeatedly accused Moscow of perpetrating cyber attacks against their sites and infrastructure, something that Russia denies.

The web pages of various ministries, including Foreign Relations and Emergency Situations, were inaccessible on Friday morning, AFP found.

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As a result of a massive attack, the sites of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a number of other government agencies are temporarily down.“Said the spokesman for Ukrainian diplomacy.

The Ministry of Education stated on Facebook that its website did not work due to a “global attack”During the night from Thursday to Friday.

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Before the website of the Foreign Ministry was blocked, the perpetrators of the cyberattack posted a threatening message on their home page in Ukrainian, Russian and Polish.

Ukrainians, be afraid and prepare for the worst. All your personal data has been made public”, It said, according to an AFP correspondent. The message was accompanied by various logos, including a crossed out Ukrainian flag.

No leaks

However, the Ukrainian authorities reported that no personal data was leaked.

The content of the sites did not change and, according to the available information, there was no leakage of personal data”, Assured the Ukrainian secret services (SBU).

A large part of the government resources that were affected have been restored, and the others will be accessible again very soon.”They continued.

Some websites were voluntarily deactivated to prevent “the spread of attacks”, They added.

At the moment, the responsibility of the attack was not claimed and Kiev did not accuse anyone.

The European Union condemned the incident and its head of diplomacy, Josep Borrell, promised to mobilize “all resources”To help overcome sabotage.

The cyberattack takes place in a context of growing tensions between Ukraine and Russia, whom Kiev and its allies accuse of planning a new invasion of Ukrainian territory.

One of the hypotheses that are considered as a harbinger of a military offensive is that of a major computer attack against Ukraine’s strategic infrastructures to disorganize the authorities.

Ukraine has been the target of cyberattacks on several occasions in recent years attributed to Russia, such as in 2017 against various critical infrastructures and in 2015 against its electricity grid.

Military exercises

Western countries accuse Russia of deploying tanks, artillery and some 100,000 soldiers on Ukraine’s eastern border in recent weeks, in what NATO sees as preparation for an invasion.

But Moscow says it has no plans to invade Ukraine.

This week several meetings were held between Russian and Western officials to try to defuse the crisis with Ukraine, but to no avail.

Moscow once again assured that it had no “intention” to invade neighboring Ukraine and settled the discussions, noting that it saw no reason to quickly resume the dialogue.

In this tense context, the Russian Defense Ministry published on Friday images of military exercises with 2,500 soldiers and a hundred tanks some 50 km from the Ukrainian border.

Russia invaded and annexed the Crimean peninsula of Ukraine in 2014, after a pro-Western revolution broke out in the former Soviet republic.

Moscow is also widely regarded as the military and financial backer of pro-Russian separatists at war with the Ukrainian authorities in the east of the country, a conflict that has left more than 13,000 dead.

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