As Russia invades, Ukrainian government networks suffer high-profile DDoS disruption

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Feb 23, 2022 | CYBERSCOOP

A series of Ukrainian government websites were inaccessible Wednesday after what a government official described as a “mass DDoS attack,” marking the second apparent distributed denial-of-service disruption to hit government sites there in the last eight days.

The websites for the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Security Service of Ukraine and the Cabinet of Ministers suffered network disruptions in an incident that “appears consistent with recent DDOS attacks,” according to NetBlocks, a London-based organization that tracks internet access. DDoS attacks knock sites offline by flooding them with phony traffic.

Mykhailo Fedorov, Ukraine’s Minister of Digital Transformation, said the country was experiencing another DDoS attack that also targeted Ukrainian banks, the Kyiv Independent reported shortly after observers around the world began noticing the disruptions. In a subsequent message posted to Telegram Fedorov said a “mass DDoS attack” began at about 4 p.m. local time.

The State Service of Special Communication and Information Protection said in a statement that the sites underwent “a massive DDoS attack again,” and noted that some of the sites were not working, or working intermittently, due to switching traffic

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