Ukraine cyberattack: Was Russia responsible?

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After talks between Russia and Western nations over a Russian troop buildup on the Ukrainian border didn’t convey outcomes this week, dozens of Ukraine authorities websites have been struck by hackers Friday, the Associated Press reports.

Textual content on a number of the websites advised Ukrainians to “be afraid and look ahead to the worst” and claimed that private info has been leaked, however officers claimed there was no precise breach of private information.

Ukraine has advised that Russia was concerned within the hack amid the tensions, however there’s been no agency proof up to now about who’s accountable. A 2015 hack on the Ukraine energy grid that precipitated outages for tons of of hundreds is widely believed to be attributed to Russia, and Russian hackers have been accused of involvement in quite a few different digital assaults all over the world, with U.S. officers warning of the possibility of Russian attacks earlier this week. Russian forces reportedly interfered with web and cellphone connections after the 2014 invasion of Crimea.

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The Russian troop buildup has raised fears that Russia will try and seize extra territory from Ukraine.

NATO Secretary Common Jens Stoltenberg condemned the cyberattack in a Friday assertion saying the alliance would work with Ukraine to bolster its cyber defenses.

“Within the coming days, NATO and Ukraine will signal an settlement on enhanced cyber cooperation, together with Ukrainian entry to NATO’s malware information-sharing platform,” he stated. “NATO’s robust political and sensible help for Ukraine will proceed.”

The affected websites have been constructed by a Ukrainian software program agency referred to as Kitsoft, CNN reported, citing info from Cisco’s Talos cybersecurity unit.