Bloc offers extra support to Kyiv after government reportedly takes major hit in cyberspace
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has condemned a hacking attempt against Ukraine that allegedly disrupted several government websites. He announced that the alliance would sign a cybersecurity agreement with Kyiv in a few days.
The overnight cyberattack on the portals of Ukrainian government agencies was condemned by Stoltenberg in a brief statement on Friday.
“I strongly condemn the cyberattacks against the Ukrainian government”, he said, adding that the alliance had “has worked closely with Ukraine for years to help strengthen its cyber defenses” and should extend this cooperation.
The official said the bloc’s cybersecurity specialists worked closely with their Ukrainian counterparts to mitigate the fallout from the nightly attacks.
“NATO cyber experts in Brussels have exchanged information with their Ukrainian counterparts on current malicious cyber activities. Allied experts in the country are also supporting the Ukrainian authorities on the ground,” said Stoltenberg.
“In the coming days,” NATO is about to sign “an agreement on enhanced cyber-cooperation” with Kyiv, Stoltenberg revealed, insisting that “NATO’s strong political and practical support to Ukraine will continue.
The websites of several Ukrainian government agencies, including those of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Agriculture, Education, Energy and Sports, were targeted by unknown hackers overnight. Their official content has been replaced with a single-page post in Ukrainian, Russian, and Polish.
The message apparently warned Ukrainians that all of their personal information had “go public” and urged them to “to be afraid and expect the worst.” However, Ukraine’s security service insisted that no personal data had been leaked.
Although Kyiv has not officially assigned responsibility for the attack, some senior officials in the country have already pointed the finger at Moscow. A spokesman for the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, Oleg Nikolenko, claimed that there had been a “long record of Russian cyber-attacks against Ukraine in the past.”
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