Several Ukrainian government websites were knocked offline on Friday by a “massive” cyber breach of unknown origin, a spokesman for the country’s foreign ministry said. announced,
Why this matters: The cyber attack comes less than a day after key security talks failed to defuse tensions between the US and Europe and Russia.
- Russia has gathered more than 100,000 troops along the border with Ukraine, raising fears that Russian President Vladimir Putin may invade Ukraine in an attempt to prevent it from cementing its ties with the West.
- “Ukrainian! All your personal data was uploaded to a public network. All the data on the computer is destroyed, it is impossible to restore it,” according to a message written on the hacked websites, Reuters,
- The note, written in Ukrainian, Russian and Polish, said: “All information about you has become public, fear and expect the worst. This is for your past, present and future.”
What are they saying: “As a result of the massive cyber attack, the websites of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and many other government agencies are temporarily closed,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleg Nikolenko said on his official Twitter account.
- “Our experts have already started restoring the working of the IT system, and the Cyber Police has started an investigation,” he said.
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