White House attributes Ukraine DDoS incidents to Russia's GRU

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Feb 18, 2022 | CYBERSCOOP

Russia was behind recent disruptions of Ukrainian government and banking websites, a top White House official said Friday.

“We have assessed that Russia was responsible for the distributed denial-of-service [DDoS] attacks that occurred earlier this week,” said Anne Neuberger, deputy national security adviser for cyber and emerging technology.

Neuberger said the U.S. has “technical information” that shows digital infrastructure belonging Russia’s main intelligence directorate, the GRU, “transmitting high volumes of communication to Ukraine-based IP addresses and domains.” The British government also attributed the attacks to the GRU on Friday. DDoS incidents involve flooding websites with bogus traffic until they’re unavailable to most users.

Ukrainian officials earlier this week did not attribute the incidents to a specific actor, but suggested Russia was the only country that would conduct such an operation. Around the same time as Tuesday’s DDoS attacks, Ukrainians also received spam text messages falsely claiming that ATMs didn’t work. The incidents came as Russia continued massing thousands of troops near Ukraine. U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said earlier Friday that the U.S. is “deeply concerned” that Russian President Vladimir Putin is turning away from potential diplomatic solutions to

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