Cyberattack Tells Ukrainians 'Be Afraid And Expect The Worst'
Ukraine said late last week that its ministries had been hit by a massive cyberattack. Government websites were plastered with a message telling people to "be afraid and expect the worst," Bill Bostock reported for Business Insider.
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A Ukrainian security official also told Reuters that Russia is suspected of being behind the attack. "As a result of a massive cyberattack, the websites of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a number of other government agencies are temporarily down," tweeted Oleg Nikolenko, a foreign ministry spokesman.
"Our specialists have already started restoring the work of IT systems, and the cyber police has opened an investigation."
Earlier on Friday, a message appeared across many Ukrainian government websites that said the personal data of all 43 million Ukrainians had been compromised.
"Ukrainians! All your personal data was uploaded to the public network. All data on the computer is destroyed, it is impossible to restore it," the message, which was posted in Ukrainian, Russian, and Polish, said.
"All information about you has become public, be afraid and expect the worst. This is for your past, present and future." However, Ukraine's security service said shortly after the attack that no personal data had been leaked, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported.
Websites including Ukraine's cabinet, the ministry of sports, and the ministry of foreign affairs were still inaccessible as of 5 a.m. ET.
"All subjects of cyber security were aware of such possible provocations by the Russian Federation. Therefore the response to these incidents is carried out as usual," the person said.
The attack came one day after Russia said there was no point in continuing security talks with Ukraine and the US. Russia has for months been amassing military forces at its border with Ukraine, and the US has repeatedly warned of an imminent Russian invasion.