Russia uses cyber-attacks to undermine Ukraine’s defense capabilities
While Ukraine is under airstrikes from Russian forces, the country has also suffered the latest blows in an ongoing series of cyber-attacks. Several Ukrainian banking and government websites crashed on Wednesday. This is reported by various international media, such as the Reuters news agency.
Several websites of Ukrainian banks and government agencies were hit by a cyberattack on Wednesday. Internet connectivity company NetBlocks announced on Twitter that it would be a so-called DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack. During such a cyber attack, so many requests are sent to the attacked website that it can no longer handle the influx. This can cause the website of an organization or company to be poorly accessible or even unavailable at all.
“The websites of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of the Interior, and the Security Service of Ukraine have recently suffered from network outages,” Netblocks said.
Cyber attacks also took place in January and earlier this month. A Dutch hosting server also appeared to play a role in previous cyber attacks. The landlord immediately took the server offline when it became known that the server was used in a cyberattack on Ukrainian authorities.
Malicious software on computers
In addition to DDoS attacks against several Ukrainian websites, researchers from cybersecurity firm ESET also discovered malware on hundreds of Ukrainian computers on Wednesday. ESET tweeted that this malicious software was installed on computers to erase data and destroy computers. The cyberattack has been going on for months, according to the cybersecurity