Ukraine sites suffered massive attacks launched from Russian networks

Pierluigi Paganini February 22, 2021

Ukraine ‘s government accused unnamed Russian traffic networks as the source of massive attacks on Ukrainian security and defense websites.

Today Ukraine accused unnamed Russian internet networks of massive attacks that targeted Ukrainian security and defense websites. The Ukrainian officials did not provide details about the attacks either the damage they have caused.

“It was revealed that addresses belonging to certain Russian traffic networks were the source of these coordinated attacks,” the Council said.

The Ukrainian authorities did not attribute the attack to a specific threat actor.

“Kyiv has previously accused Moscow of orchestrating large cyber attacks as part of a “hybrid war” against Ukraine, which Russia denies. However, a statement from Ukraine’s National Security and Defence Council did not disclose who it believed organized the attacks or give any details about the effect the intrusions may have had on Ukrainian cyber security.” reported The Reuters agency.

The massive attacks began on February 18, hackers targeted the websites of local institutions, including Ukraine’s Security Service and the council.

The threat actors attempted to compromise the targeted to deploy a DDoS bot.

“The council added the attacks attempted to infect vulnerable government web servers with a virus that covertly made them part of a botnet used for so-called distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on other resources.” concludes the Reuters.

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Pierluigi Paganini

(SecurityAffairs – hacking, Information Warfare)

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