Russia Could Be Behind Massive Cyberattack on Government Websites: Ukraine

The hack came as tensions simmer between Ukraine and Russia. (Representative)

Kyiv, Ukraine:

Ukraine said on Friday it had uncovered clues that Russia may have been behind a cyberattack that took down government websites in Kiev at a time of mounting tensions between the two neighbors.

“The investigation is still ongoing but Ukraine’s security service has obtained preliminary clues suggesting that hacker groups associated with the Russian secret service may be behind today’s massive cyberattack on websites of the government,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleg Nikolenko said on Twitter.

A statement from the SBU security services said the attacks overnight from Thursday to Friday targeted a total of 70 government websites.

Ten were subject to “unauthorized interference”, he said, but their content was not changed and there was no leak of personal data.

The hack came as tensions simmer between Ukraine and Russia, which Kiev accuses of massing troops on its border in anticipation of a possible invasion.

The Foreign Office earlier described the attack that brought down its site and other government portals as “massive”.

Friday, several websites, including that of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, were down, said an AFP journalist.

Before being taken offline, the ministry’s website displayed a message in Ukrainian, Russian and Polish warning Ukrainians that their personal data had been compromised.

“All information about you has become public, be afraid and expect the worst,” the message read.

Within hours of the breach early Friday, the SBU said access to most affected sites had been restored and the fallout was minimal.

Moscow says it has no intention of invading Ukraine.

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