Ukraine today was hit by a new cyberattack, the third in a few weeks, against several banks and government and parliamentary websites, Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov reported today.
“At about 4 pm, another mass DDoS attack on our state began. We have relevant data from a number of banks,” he wrote on his official account on the Telegram social network.
According to Fedorov, “several banksand there are also problems with access to the websites of the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament)the Cabinet of Ministers and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.”
The Parliament’s website has been restored shortly after, the minister specified.
The state portal and the mobile application “Diia” “successfully overcame the current attack and continue to function stably,” he added.
Ukraine has already suffered massive cyber attacks in January and February 15, in which it saw Russia’s fingerprint, as did the United States.
The one in the middle of the month was, according to the department headed by Fedorov, the largest cyberattack in the country’s history.
It was also a DDoS attack against state websites and the banking sector.
The senior official said it was an attack prepared in advance and whose cost “is in the millions of dollars.”
“The objective was to destabilize the situation and unleash panic,” he said.
The head of the cybersecurity department of the Security Council of Ukraine (SBU), Ilya Vityuk, noted that the high cost of such an operation rules out the possibility that a lone hacker or a small group acted.
“These types of attacks are carried out by States through intelligence services and specially created infrastructure. We clearly see the footprint of foreign intelligence services,” he said.