Feb 15, 2022 - World

Ukraine defense ministry, banks hit with cyber onslaught

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky talks during a press conference with NATO secretary general after their bilateral meeting at the European Union headquarters in Brussels on Dec. 16, 2021. Photo: John Thys/AFP via Getty Images

Several banks and government agencies in Ukraine said Tuesday they had been hit by a distributed denial-of-service attack in an attempt to disrupt access to its servers.

Why it matters: It comes as tensions escalate at the Russia-Ukraine border. U.S. intelligence has said it expects a Russian invasion into Ukraine any day now.

Details: The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense said it was likely targeted by a distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS).

  • The Armed Forces of Ukraine as well as banks PrivatBank and Oschadbank were also targeted, said the Centre for Strategic Communications and Information Security, another Ukrainian agency.
  • The Ukraine Cyberpolice said it has identified individuals who were sending texts about fraudulent ATM failures.
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