Ukrainian government agencies and banks targeted by ‘powerful’ cyberattack


8:28 | February 16, 2022

The websites of several Ukrainian government agencies and major banks were the target of a cyberattack on Tuesday.

There was a “powerful DDOS attack against a number of information resources of Ukraine” starting Tuesday afternoon, according to a statement from the State Service for Special Communication and Protection of the information from Ukraine.

The websites of the Ministry of Defense and the Ukrainian army, as well as the web services of Privatbank and Oschadbank, were targeted, according to the statement.

The banks’ websites were back up and running Tuesday evening, the statement said, adding that a “panel of experts…is taking all necessary measures to locate and resist the cyberattack.”

The cyberattack comes amid heightened tensions between Russia and Ukraine, with several Western countries claiming that Moscow is set to invade its former Soviet neighbor.

Moscow denied preparing to invade and said its troops were there for exercises.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Kremlin announced that some of its troops were returning to their bases after completing training exercises near the Ukrainian border.

However, the United States said it had not yet verified the veracity of Moscow’s claim to withdraw troops from the border.

Ashley C. Reynolds