Ukraine denounced this Saturday a cyberattack on 70 government websites

The United States on Saturday warned Russia that “there will be a cost” if it is confirmed to be involved in a cyberattack against Ukraine, which Ukrainian authorities said had a “Russian fingerprint”.

The announcement was made by a senior official in the administration of President Joe Biden, according to the Spanish news agency EFE, which did not identify her.

The source did not specify what the cost would be, saying only that the US will impose it in coordination with its allies.

He said that the US could not confirm the authorship of the cyberattack, which will have had a limited impact, since the information received is in the sense that many of the pirated ‘sites’ are returning to normal operation.

Ukraine reported this Saturday a cyberattack on 70 government websites, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the emergency services.

The US administration source quoted by EFE said the US has offered support to Kiev as it investigates the impact of computer hacking and restores affected services.

He also welcomed Russia’s dismantling of the REvil hacking group, one of the most feared in the world, who have carried out several attacks against US targets in recent months.

“We know that one of the individuals who was arrested today [pela Rússia] was responsible for the attack on the Colonial pipeline,” the source said.

He added that the US remains committed to bringing to justice those involved in cyberattacks against US targets.

“I want to be very clear that, in our minds, this is not related to what is happening with Russia and Ukraine,” said the same source, quoted by EFE.

A Ukrainian spokesperson said Ukraine’s Security Service had obtained “preliminary leads that suggest groups of ‘hackers’ [piratas informáticos] associated with Russian secret services may be behind the cyber attack”.

The cyberattack denounced by Ukrainian authorities took place at a time of heightened tension on Ukraine’s border with Russia.

In recent months, Russia has deployed more than 100,000 troops and heavy weapons on the border with Ukraine, prompting accusations from Kiev and the West that it is preparing an attack on the neighboring country.

A large-scale computer attack against Ukraine’s strategic infrastructure in order to disrupt the authorities is one of the scenarios mentioned as a possible harbinger of a classic military offensive.

White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki referred to the cyberattack in Ukraine, warning at her daily press conference that the US will take “necessary measures” to defend Kiev, although she did not hold Russia responsible for the computer sabotage. .

The Ukraine border crisis was the subject of talks this week between Russia and the United States, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe ( OSCE

Ukraine’s government said it had “preliminary clues” that indicate a possible involvement of Russian secret services in the cyberattack against several of its ministries.

“The security service has obtained preliminary leads that suggest groups of ‘hackers’ [piratas informáticos] associated with Russian secret services may be behind today’s massive cyber attack,” Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleg Nikolenko wrote on the social network Twitter, quoted by the France-Presse (AFP) news agency.

According to a statement by the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU), the attacks targeted 70 government websites.

Ten of the sites were subject to “unauthorized interference”, the SBU said, assuring that the “content has not been modified and no personal data has been disclosed”.

Several Ukrainian government websites were the target of a cyberattack today amid tensions between Ukraine and Russia, which Kiev and the West accuse of preparing an invasion of the neighboring country.

The websites of several government agencies, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the emergency services, were inaccessible throughout the day, according to AFP.

Before the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website was inaccessible, the attackers posted a message on the main page in Ukrainian, Russian and Polish.

“Ukrainians, be afraid and prepare for the worst. All your personal data has been uploaded to the web,” the message read, according to AFP.

The message was accompanied by various logos, including a Ukrainian flag with a cross.

A large-scale computer attack against Ukraine’s strategic infrastructure in order to disrupt the authorities is one of the scenarios mentioned as a possible harbinger of a classic military offensive.

Ukraine has been repeatedly targeted by cyberattacks attributed to Russia in recent years, including in 2017 against various critical infrastructure and in 2015 against its electricity grid.

After being part of the former Soviet Union, Ukraine became independent in 1991 after the dissolution of the Moscow-controlled bloc.

In 2014, following the Orange Revolution that led to the ouster of pro-Moscow President Viktor Yanukovych, Russia invaded and annexed the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea.

Since then, Moscow has allegedly sponsored a guerrilla war in the industrial region of Donbass in eastern Ukraine, which has claimed more than 13,000 lives and displaced 1.5 million, according to UN figures.

In recent months, Russia has deployed more than 100,000 troops and heavy weapons along the border with Ukraine, raising fears in Kiev and Western countries of a new attack on the country, an intention that Moscow denies.

The Ukraine border crisis was the subject of separate talks this week between Russia and the United States, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. (OSCE).

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