On January 14, Ukrainian government websites were hacked and replaced with a message in Ukrainian, Polish and Russian saying “be afraid and wait for the worst.” A malware attack targeted government, non-profit and information technology websites in Ukraine the day before. Ukraine blamed Russia for the attacks, although Russia denied the allegations. Russia denies plans to attack Ukraine but says it could take unspecified military action unless demands are met, including a promise by the NATO alliance never to admit Kyiv. The message left by the cyberattack was peppered with references that echoed long-running Russian state allegations, rejected by Kyiv, that Ukraine is in the thrall of far-right nationalist groups.
A DDOS cyber attack reportedly targeted the websites of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry and Armed Forces, as well as those of Ukrainian banks Privatbank and Oschadbank, on Tuesday, according to the Ukrainian government’s Center for Strategic Communications. The attack comes amid heightened tensions between Russia and Ukraine.
DDoS cyber attacks happen all the time, they are annoying but not fatal and most governments around the world are prepared for them when they occur, NTEB has systems in place that prevent them from happening. But the fact that Ukraine is experiencing them right now at a time when most of the world thinks that Russia is getting ready to invade them is quite interesting.
“Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.”2 Corinthians 2:11 (KJB)
If you were to study how Hitler waged war, by first promising peace and then dropping the hammer when everyone thought the crisis had been resolved, I think you would get a glimpse into how Putin views things as well. The Daily Mail UK reports that “Vladimir Putin played magnanimous peacemaker today insisting that he ‘of course’ doesn’t want war in Ukraine hours after announcing a theatrical ‘withdrawal’ of some of his forces while massing tens of thousands of troops along the border.” A very Hitlerian tact to take, let’s see if the type will hold.
DDoS Cyber attack targets websites of Ukrainian MOD, banks
FROM THE JERUSALEM POST: The Ukrainian Defense Ministry’s website displays the message “The site is under maintenance.” Users of the two banks reported issues with the apps and certain internet banking operations. Privatbank assured customers that there is no threat to their funds.
On January 14, Ukrainian government websites were hacked and replaced with a message in Ukrainian, Polish and Russian saying “be afraid and wait for the worst.” A malware attack targeted government, non-profit and information technology websites in Ukraine the day before. Ukraine blamed Russia for the attacks, although Russia denied the allegations.
⚠️ Update: #Ukraine has been targeted by a series of DDOS attacks on banking and military services, bringing down PrivatBank and Oschadbank and sending defence sector platforms offline. The incident comes amid heightened tensions with #Russia.— NetBlocks (@netblocks) February 15, 2022
📰 Report: https://t.co/wDrXAUbTdL pic.twitter.com/PM3jG2PToM
NetBlocks, an organization that monitors cybersecurity and internet governance, confirmed a loss of connectivity to Ukraine’s State Savings Bank, impacting ATM and banking services. Ukrainian officials said on Sunday that Russia was stepping up a destabilization campaign involving cyberattacks, economic disruption and fake bomb threats, according to the Wall Street Journal.
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