Due to massive DDos attacks in Ukraine, the websites of the Ministry of Defense and the Armed Forces of Ukraine stopped working, and several state-owned banks also reported problems. The information security center of the country believes that hackers from Russia could be behind the attack. The Information Security Center of Ukraine reported a DDoS attack on the websites of the Ministry of Defense, the armed forces, as well as the state-owned Privatbank and Oschadbank.
“Over the past few hours, PrivatBank has been under a massive DDoS attack. There are also failures in the work of Oschadbank, Internet banking does not work,” the center said on Facebook. According to him, the websites of the Ministry of Defense and the Armed Forces of Ukraine were also attacked.
“It is possible that the aggressor resorted to the tactics of petty mischief, because by and large his aggressive plans do not work,” the center notes. Ukraine calls Russia the aggressor, Kiev has repeatedly accused Moscow of being involved in cyber attacks. The Russian authorities have repeatedly denied such accusations.
As a result of a cyberattack on February 15, the websites of the Ukrainian military departments stopped opening. The website of the Ministry of Defense displays the message: "The site is under maintenance." The official website of the Armed Forces of Ukraine does not load at all.
The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine announced "a probable DDoS attack when an excessive number of hits per second was recorded." “Currently, planned technical work is underway to restore the regular functioning of [the site],” the department noted.
Depositors are not in dangerAccording to the Center for Information Security, the funds of Privatbank depositors are not in danger due to a DDoS attack.
“Users of Privat24 report problems with payments and with the operation of the application. Privatbank assures that there is no threat to depositors' funds," the center noted. The cyberattack affected only the Privat24 application, other monetary transactions are carried out as usual.
Ukrainian media write that Privatbank has been under massive attack for several hours already, the bank itself reported problems with customer authorization.
“Our specialists are already working on them. We hope that they will promptly restore the work of services. Now we are investigating the reasons for the failures and we will report them separately when we clear everything up, ”Strana.ua quotes the press secretary of Privatbank Oleg Serg.
Users of Oschadbank also reported problems. The credit organization has started checking and connected additional servers.
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Not the first cyberattackIt is not the first time since the beginning of the year that Ukrainian government agencies have been attacked by hackers. The most powerful cyber attack in Ukraine in recent years took place on the night of January 14, when at least 70 government websites were attacked, including portals of the government, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Sports and other departments. The application of state services "Diya" was also temporarily unavailable.
The Security Service of Ukraine reported that hackers posted provocative messages on the main pages of the hacked sites. They called on Ukrainian citizens in Ukrainian, Russian and Polish to “be afraid and expect the worst.”
In Kiev, they then said that Russia was allegedly involved in the attacks. Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov denied accusations against Russia in connection with the January cyber attacks on the websites of Ukrainian government agencies.