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Russia to use cyber means to interfere in Ukraine’s elections, - National Security Secretary

Ukraine's Cyber Security Center also considered the issue of the security of the Central Election Commission servers and readiness to counteract the possible cyber attacks during the election process
19:16, 19 February 2019

The Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council Oleksandr Turchynov
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Russia intends to involve all present arsenal, including the cyber means, to influence the upcoming elections in Ukraine. National Security and Defense Secretary of Ukraine Olexandr Turchynov made such statement as his website reported.

“The present information shows the intentions of Russia to involve all present arsenal, including the cyber means, to influence the democratic expression of the will of the Ukrainian people,” Turchynov said.

Cyber Security Center also considered the issue of the security of the Central Election Commission servers and readiness to counteract the possible cyber attacks during the election process, draft conception of the response to the military aggression in the cyberspace.

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Turchynov reported that the joint drills with the support of the EU will take place soon. The different scenarios of the interference will be modeled during them and the response models to the cyber threats will be worked out.

He noted that according to the results of the previous session of the National Coordination Center of the Cyber Security, the Central Election Commission concluded the Cooperation Memorandum with the subjects of the provision of the cybersecurity, within which the comprehensive technical and methodical support is provided to the election commissions. Turchynov noted the coordinated effort of the Central Election Commission, Security Service, and State Service of Special Communication and Information Protection.

Moreover, the issues of the practical inter-department interaction, particularly the creation of the task group of the specialists of the Security Service and State Service of Special Communication and Information Protection, were discussed.

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“24/7 duty of the forces and means of the cybersecurity of the Security Service and State Service of Special Communication and Information Protection will be organized, which will aim to expose, prevent and suppression of all unauthorized actions toward the information resources of the Central Election Commission,” Turchynov claimed.

The members of the National Coordination Center of the Cyber Security listened to the draft conception of the response to the military aggression in the cyberspace prepared by the Defense Ministry and General Staff.

Earlier Dan Coats, director of the National Intelligence Agency said that Russia can try to use cyber attacks to influence the presidential election in Ukraine.

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The election campaign has officially started on December 31, 2018. Registration of the candidates would last until February 4, 2019, and on February 9, the final list of presidential candidates has appeared. The candidates would be able to withdraw his candidacy until March 7, 2019.

Central Election Commission of Ukraine closed all polling station in Russia, particularly, Moscow, Rostov-on-Don, Saint Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk.

On February 7, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine prohibited observers from the Russian Federation to participate in the election process in Ukraine.

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