The cyberattack on Ukrainian state websites was carried out by Russia as the press service of the Center for strategic communications and information security of Ukraine reported.
"We assume that the current cyber attack is related to Russia's recent defeat in negotiations on Ukraine's future cooperation with NATO. The other day Moscow has already resumed military exercises near Ukraine's borders. And the hacking actions on the Ukrainian state agencies may also be part of this psychological attack on the Ukrainians," the report says.
It is noted that the chronology of dissemination of the news points to the Russian trace. The information first appeared in social networks, then the first to spread it were "plum tanks", and after them - Russian publications:
- 04:04 - "Fear: hackers hacked the website of the Ministry of Education of Ukraine" (alternatio.org);
- 04:14 - "Fear: Threats to citizens published on website of Ukrainian Ministry" (ria.ru);
- 05:00 - "Hackers hacked Ukrainian Education Ministry's website" (echo.msk.ru);
- 05:03 - "Expect the worst: Hackers broke into Ukrainian ministries' websites and posted threats there" (life.ru);
Ukrainian media published the news about the cyber attack only in the morning.
It is also noted that Moscow tried to cover up its actions with references to Volyn, OUN-UPA, Galicia, Polissia, and other historical lands in order to cast a shadow over Poland. However, it is noticeable that the text of the message in Polish was not written by a native speaker.
It is worth noting that the Center for Strategic Communications and Information Security of Ukraine, which conducted these studies regarding recent cyberattacks, was established a year ago. It works under the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy in cooperation with the Center for Counteracting Disinformation of the National Security and Defense Council. Its main tasks are strategic communications, including developing counter-narratives to the Russian Federation, conducting information campaigns, with the inclusion of Ukrainian narratives in daily government communications, as well as regular alerts about hybrid aggression from Russia.
We remind that a large-scale hacker attack was held on the websites of the Ukrainian government this night. The sites of the Cabinet of Ministers, Ministry of Community and Territory Development, Ministry of Sports, Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Agricultural Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the State Treasury were hit.
Deputy Chairman of the State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection of Ukraine on digital development, digital transformation, and digitalization Viktor Zhora said that the agency attributes the large-scale hacking attack on government agencies to "the fact of constant aggression". Zhora made a statement about this effect on the air of UkrLive.