Ukrainian institutions targeted by major cyberattack

The sites of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Agriculture, the Public Treasury or the Environment were notably affected. The head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell hinted that the attack would be of Russian origin.

As the tone continues to mount between Russia and the West, a new incident further heightens concern in Kiev. As well as Ukrainian news site emphasizes Obozrevatel, several sites of government institutions have been subject to “Global attack on the night of January 13th to 14th”. On pages like the one in “Ministry of Education appeared crossed out signs representing a profile of a pig, a trident [emblème national ukrainien], map and flag of Ukraine. Underneath was a message framed in red, in Ukrainian, Russian and Polish ”. In this message “Cyber ​​criminals claim that all personal data of Ukrainians has been made public” and they conclude: “Be afraid and expect the worst.”

A known security issue

Very quickly, Internet users began to report that other sites were affected, such as those of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Agriculture, the Public Treasury or the Environment. International reactions were not long in coming. “The head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell condemned this cyberattack” and ensured that the European Union was “In the process of mobilizing its resources to help Ukraine to [y] to face”. He added that if one “Can not accuse anyone, because there is no proof, it is not difficult to imagine” who is behind the attack.

Obozrevatel reminds us:

Last July, a cyberattack targeted the Ukrainian Navy site, and at the time, the Defense Ministry said it was from Russia. ”

The site, in another article, gives the floor to a specialist who deplores that “The OctoberCMS system [utilisé par les sites officiels ukrainiens] required a renovation that could have avoided this hacker attack. This security problem was known ”.

“Since May, around twenty different ministries and services have not succeeded in renewing their OctoberCMS, which is a strainer. […] We are not talking of municipal council sites or hospitals, but of central power bodies ”, gets carried away by the specialist, who lets go:

My God, what a shame. ”

But it turns out that Ukraine is not the only one to have been hit, indicates the daily online Oukraïnska Pravda. The Polish armed forces were also victims of a “Massive data leak”, among others on material like “Anti-tank missiles and F-16 fighters. Some information, which is important for foreign services, has already been collected in a dozen countries, including Russia and China ”.

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