Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said on Tuesday it had been the victim of a cyberattack amid heightened tensions with Russia and feared Moscow could launch aggressive actions against the country, including a possible ground invasion.
Additionally, at least two Ukrainian banks and some ATMs have lost connectivity, according to the Ukrainian Center for Strategic Communications and Information Security, which is part of the Ministry of Culture and Politics. information, Reuters reported.
Netblocks, a watchdog group monitoring cybersecurity and global internet connectivity, confirmed that real-time network data showed a loss of connectivity with Ukraine’s State Savings Bank, affecting ATMs and banking services.
Ukrainian officials did not blame the attack, but a statement suggested Russia may be behind it, Reuters reported, as the country has already suffered cyberattacks from Moscow.
“It cannot be ruled out that the aggressor used low-threshold tactics because his aggressive plans do not work on a large scale,” the statement said.
In January, Ukrainian officials accused Russia of a cyberattack on government websites, with Ukraine’s Ministry of Digital Development saying in a statement that “Moscow continues to wage hybrid warfare and is actively building up its forces in information and cyberspaces”.
The United States and its allies and partners in Europe have sounded the alarm that Russia could use a cyberattack on Ukraine as an area of aggression in addition to the estimated 130,000 ground troops it has on the eastern and eastern borders. northern Ukraine, as well as warships in the Black Sea.
Russia denies plans to invade Ukraine and says the troops are part of large-scale military exercises. Russia’s defense minister said the drills were coming to an end.
Russian President Vladimir PoutineVladimir Vladimirovich PutinSenators eyes Plan B amid Russia sanctions impasse US unity key to Europe whole and free Biden administration eyes Ukraine B loan guarantee also offered a tacit overture to ongoing diplomacy with the West to address what he says are Moscow’s security concerns over Ukraine’s closer alignment with Treaty Organization member countries of the North Atlantic.