Ukrainian government says websites for banks, defense ministry hit with DDoS attack

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Feb 15, 2022 | CYBERSCOOP

Websites for several banks and government agencies in Ukraine — including the Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Armed Forces of Ukraine — were facing disruptions Tuesday, according to multiple sources.

Ukraine’s Center for Strategic Communications and Information Security posted a message to Facebook late morning U.S. time saying the banks and the government were hit by a “massive” distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) cyberattack. The Ministry of Defense tweeted that it had “probably” been targeted with DDoS, and that it was communicating via Facebook and Twitter.

A request for comment from the agency was not immediately returned. None of the reports attributed the DDoS attacks to a specific source. The attacks come as tensions in the region continue to ratchet up, with the Russian government potentially on the verge of military escalation against Ukraine.

Local news reported that users were having problems with online banking earlier in the day. One of the banks in question, Privat, is one of the largest in Ukraine, and users were having issues with the bank’s app, the government agency reported in its Facebook post. Oschad, another bank hit with attacks, also had

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