Hackers attack Ukrainian government’s websites

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“Hackers attacked Ukrainian government sites,” Oleg Nikolenko, the country Foreign Ministry’s spokesman, reported, adding that the attack occurred on the night from Thursday to Friday. Upon entering the Ukrainian MFA website, a message appeared in three language versions: Ukrainian, Russian and Polish.

“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 down. Our specialists have already started restoring the work of IT systems, and the cyberpolice has opened an investigation,” Mr Nikolenko wrote on social media.

When asked who might be behind the attack, he replied that “it is too early to draw conclusions, but we have a long history of Russian attacks on Ukraine.”

Due to hackers, after entering the website of the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a message appeared in three language versions: in Ukrainian, Russian and Polish. It read: “Ukrainian! All your personal data has been sent to the common network. All data on the computer is destroyed, it cannot be recovered. All information about you has become public, fear and wait for the worst. It is for your past, present and the future. For Volhynia, for the UPA (Ukrainian Insurgent Army), Galicia, Polesie and for historical areas.” Currently the website does not work.

Investigation on cyber attack on Ukraine is ongoing


As reported, Ukrainian cyber police have launched an investigation into the matter. According to the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), there was no leakage of personal data.

Initially, SBU indicated that in order to prevent the spread of the attack and to locate the technical problem, the operation of some state resources was temporarily suspended. Later it was reported that “most of the affected state resources have already been restored, others will be operating soon.”

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