'Massive' cyber attack hits Ukraine govt websites

‘Massive’ cyber attack hits Ukraine govt websites

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KIEV: Several major Ukrainian government websites were taken offline on Friday in a full-scale cyber attack amid escalating tensions between Russia and Ukraine’s western allies, authorities said.

“As a result of a massive cyberattack, the websites of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a number of other government agencies are temporarily down,” a foreign ministry spokesman told AFP.

The education ministry wrote on Facebook that its website was down due to a “global (cyber) attack” that had taken place overnight.

The website of the cabinet and the emergencies ministry were also targeted in the attack, with services later restored to the government site.

Responsibility was not immediately claimed, and Kiev did not say who might be responsible. Ukraine has blamed previous attacks on Russians linked to the Kremlin.

“Our specialists are already working on restoring the work of IT systems, and the cyber police opened an investigation,” the foreign ministry said.

The foreign ministry website earlier Friday was displaying a message in Ukrainian, Russian and Polish languages.

“Ukrainians! All your personal data … have been deleted and are impossible to restore. All information about you has become public, be afraid and expect the worst.”

“This is for your past, present and future,” it said, mentioning two ultra-nationalist organisations in Ukraine.

Authorities, including the SBU Security Service and Cyber ​​Police, are working to address the issue, the Education Ministry said.

Russian hackers linked to Moscow have repeatedly been accused of conducting cyberattacks on Ukrainian government websites and infrastructure in the past.

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