Ukraine says more than 70 government websites were defaced, 10 were subjected to 'unauthorized interference'

Ukrainian law enforcement agencies said more than 70 state websites were attacked on Friday and accused hacker groups associated with Russian secret services of potentially being behind the incident. 

The attack, which Ukrainian officials initially called “massive,” took down several government websites in Ukraine, including those for the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Education and Science.

In a statement, the Security Service of Ukraine, State Special Service and Cyber Police said 10 of the government websites “were subjected to unauthorized interference.” Ukrainian news outlet Ukrinform said the websites for the country’s energy, treasury, environment, veterans, and state emergency service departments were defaced. 

The agencies said the content on the sites was not changed and no personal data was taken during the incident, despite the claims made by the hackers. 

“Our specialists, together with the administrators of ministries and departments, have restored the work of most web resources. Also at the initiative of the SBU, a number of critical state resources were cut off, including public services portal Action, to localize the technical problem and to prevent the spread of the attack. The mobile application Action worked and works in a regular mode,” the statement said. 

“At the same time, the report that hackers

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