DDoS Attack, Likely Russian, Knocks Ukrainian Government and Banking Sites Offline

MIN READFeb 16, 2022 | 20:11 GMT


A massive distributed denial of service attack targeted Ukrainian financial, media and government websites on Feb. 15, Ukraine's Center for Strategic Communications and Information Security announced Feb. 15. The attacks took offline the websites of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, public radio and armed forces, as well as the websites of Ukraine's two largest banks, Privatbank and Oschadbank. Most services were restored within a few hours, but as of Feb. 16, the State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection of Ukraine said that the attack is ongoing. It also said the incident was similar to attacks on Ukraine in January, which included the deployment of data-wiping malware amid a cyber-defacement campaign targeting government websites. This suggests that there may be a separate undisclosed cyberattack targeting Ukrainian organizations in addition to the DDoS attacks.​​ Separately, citing newly declassified U.S. intelligence, The Washington Post reported Feb. 15 that Russian government-linked hackers likely...

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