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Ukraine Defense Ministry, Two State-Linked Banks Hit by Cyberattack

Twitter of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine
Twitter of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine, Feb. 15, 2022. The Ukrainian government has implied Russia is behind a cyberattack on dozens of official websites. (Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 15 February 2022 04:35 PM EST

The Ukrainian Defense Ministry was hit with a cyberattack on Tuesday causing their website to shut down, the country's information security center said, according to Reuters.

The website is still inaccessible as of 4:00 p.m. EST.

Two state-linked banks, Oschadbank and Privatbank, also suffered connectivity issues slowing down some of their systems, the Ukrainian Center for Strategic Communications and Information Security, a part of the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy, claimed.

The security center did not specifically blame Russia for the attack. Still, it seemed to imply as much in a statement accompanying the announcement, saying it has "not ruled out that the aggressor used tactics of little dirty tricks because its aggressive plans are not working out on a large scale."

State officials had previously blamed Russia for a cyberattack on government websites that occurred last month, per The Hill.

The Ukrainian Ministry of Digital Development said at the time that "Moscow continues to wage a hybrid war and is actively building up its forces in the information and cyberspaces."

Additionally, Ukrainian police said in January that 1,000 fake bomb threats were made to nearly 10,000 different locations, most of them through email, The Wall Street Journal reported.

"The No. 1 task for Russia is to undermine us from inside," Oleksiy Danilov, the top national security adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, said in a recent interview with The Journal. "They want to throttle our economy."

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