Ukrainian Government and Bank Websites Hit by DDoS Attacks

Daniel Attoe
Daniel Attoe

Updated · Feb 16, 2022

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Ukrainian defense ministry, armed forces, and state-owned bank websites went down following a cyberattack on Tuesday.

Russian Cyberattacks?

A series of cyberattacks took down the websites of the Ukrainian defense military, army, and at least a major bank. 

Ukrainian authorities revealed this on Tuesday in a statement, saying that the attacks prevented users from accessing the websites. It reportedly affected ten websites in total. The attacks came amid persistent levels of tension surrounding a potential invasion by Russia.

The defense ministry first disclosed the issue on its website in a tweet, calling it a possible DDoS attack.

A distributed denial of service attack aims to maliciously overwhelm a target website by flooding it with internet traffic, preventing others from using it.

The Centre for Strategic Communications and Information Security Agency revealed that the armed forces website was also down. Major state-owned banks, Oschadbank and PrivatBank also suffered attacks.

But in a turn of events, PrivatBank insisted it was not the subject of a cyberattack. In a statement, the bank said that the report was “untrue and misleading to our customers”.

So far, no one has claimed the attacks, but the defense ministry suggested that Russian President Vladimir Putin may have sanctioned them.

“It is possible that the aggressor resorted to tactics of petty mischief because his aggressive plans aren’t working overall,” the statement said.

Sources.

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Daniel Attoe

Daniel Attoe

Daniel is an Economics grad who fell in love with tech. His love for books and reading pushed him into picking up the pen - and keyboard. Also a data analyst, he's taking that leap into data science and machine learning. When not writing or studying, chances are that you'll catch him watching football or face-deep in an epic fantasy novel.

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