14 Jan. 2022 12:06 p.m.
A “massive cyber attack” paralyzed a number of government websites and embassies in Ukraine. This also includes the websites of the foreign and education ministries. The EU foreign policy representative suspects Russia to be behind it, which should also be clarified at an emergency meeting in the EU.
According to the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, several Ukrainian government websites fell victim to cyber attacks on Friday night.
The Foreign Ministry’s home page read at times in Ukrainian, Polish and Russian:
“Be afraid and expect the worst.”
Breaking: Ukrainian government websites hit by a major cyberattack this morning. Below is the screenshot from Foreign ministry website. It says in Ukrainian, Russian and Polish: ‘Ukrainian, be afraid and prepare for the worst. All your personal data has been uploaded to the web’ pic.twitter.com/uaFpofCJNc
– Olga Tokariuk (@olgatokariuk) January 14, 2022
A spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ukraine confirmed the cyber attack:
“As a result of a massive cyber attack, the websites of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a number of other government agencies are temporarily unavailable. Our specialists are already working to restore the work of the IT systems, and the cyber police have launched an investigation.”
The government issued a statement saying that a number of other government websites had been blocked to prevent the attack from spreading to other IT systems, but most of the affected websites were quickly restored.
When asked whether Moscow was behind the attack, the spokesman answered evasively:
“It’s too early to draw any conclusions, but there is a long line of Russian attacks on Ukraine.”
According to the Ukrainian SBU security service, 1,200 cyber attacks or incidents have been repelled in the last nine months alone, without the reports of the BBC above which the assumed origin of these attacks is mentioned.
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell condemned loudly Deutschlandfunk the attack and admitted that he had “no evidence who is responsible”, but “we can imagine who is behind it”. An emergency meeting of the security committee in the European Union should bring clarification.
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