It was revealed that several Ukrainian government websites were offline Wednesday as a result of a mass distributed denial of service attack, Mykhailo Fedorov, head of Ukraine’s Ministry of Digital Transformation, said in his Telegram channel.
It was reported that the attack, which also includes some banks, began around 4 p.m. local time, according to what Fedorov said. He didn’t mention the banks that were attacked or what the extent of the damage was.
Also, it was gathered that A DDoS attack is when a hacker floods a victim’s network or server with traffic so that others are unable to access it.
It was also revealed that the source of the attack has not been confirmed yet but the outages come as Russia continues to position troops around Ukraine’s borders. On Tuesday, it was also said that the US President Joe Biden said Russia has begun “an invasion,” after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered troops into two pro-Russian breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine, and announced sanctions on Russian banks, the country’s sovereign debt, and several individuals close to the Russian government.
It was reported that a White House spokesperson told NBC News they are “closely monitoring” the reports.
Ukraine reported a separate attack last week that brought down four government websites, according to NBC News. Around the same time, NBC News reported that Ukraine’s Cyber Police said that many residents had received text messages saying that ATMs in the country did not work, though it was unclear if any ATMs were affected.
It was also gathered according to report that the White House attributed the earlier attack to Russian agents, but it was said that Russia denied responsibility for last week’s attack on the Ukrainian government websites.
On Wednesday, the White House official told NBC News, “we consider these further incidents to be consistent with the type of activity Russia would carry out in a bid to destabilize Ukraine. We are in communication with Ukraine regarding their cyber related needs, including as recently as today.”
It was gathered that a representative for the Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C., did not immediately respond to a request for comment.