Ukrainian government websites hacked amid rising regional security anxiety

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Jan 14, 2022 | CYBERSCOOP

A series of Ukrainian government websites were temporarily unavailable Friday in what appeared to be a coordinated cyberattack against the backdrop of rising tensions between Russia and Ukraine.

As a result of the massive hacking attack, the websites of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a number of other government agencies are temporarily down,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Oleg Nikolenko tweeted. “Our specialists are already working on restoring the work of IT systems. We apologize for any inconvenience.”

Nikolenko told The Associated Press that it was too early to say who was behind the attacks, “but there is a long record of Russian cyber assaults against Ukraine in the past.”

The websites for Ukraine’s Cabinet, seven ministries, treasury, National Emergency Service and the states services website were temporarily unavailable, the AP reported. A message was posted to the sites in Ukrainian, Russian and Polish warning that personal data had been leaked—a claim the Ukranian State Service of Communication denied—and to “Be afraid and expect the worst. This is for your past, present and future.”

The attacks come as Russia’s military buildup along the border with Ukraine continue, and talks between the

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