Hackers close Ukraine’s government websites: ‘Be afraid and wait for the worst’ | Abroad

updateThe websites of several Ukrainian ministries were hacked on Friday. Visitors to the websites of, among others, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will see a message in Ukrainian, Russian and Polish stating that the personal data of all Ukrainian citizens has been deleted from the authorities’ computers and that it will be made public. The European Union suspects Russia of the attack.

According to media reports, these are websites for at least six ministries. “All information about you became public, be afraid and wait for the worst,” the hackers wrote.

The message ends with the cryptic statement that it is about revenge for “Wolynia, the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists, the Ukrainian Resistance Army, Galicia, Polesia and the historic countries”. Volynia, Galicia and Polesia are regions in the border areas between Ukraine, Poland, Belarus and Russia.

The Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists and the resulting Ukrainian Resistance Army were right-wing extremist organizations before and during World War II.

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“Unfortunately, we knew this was going to happen,” said EU Foreign Minister Josep Borrell before the start of new talks with EU foreign ministers in Brest, France. “We will use all our resources to help Ukraine counter this cyber attack.”


Among other things, the EU wants to provide technical assistance. “We can not blame anyone for the attack until we have evidence, but we can imagine who is behind it,” Borrell said.

Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde is also steep, but mentioned Russia in so many words. “Such hybrid or cyber attacks are exactly what we warned about, what we feared. This increases tensions. That is why we have been very clear to Russia: We will be very tough and strong and robust in our response when attacked. as this comes. “

According to the Ukrainian security services, no personal data has been leaked. A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry in Kiev says specialists are repairing the IT systems and the cyber police have opened an investigation.

Help NATO

NATO comes to Ukraine’s aid to repel the cyber attack. NATO specialists in Brussels exchange information with Ukrainian colleagues and experts from NATO countries also help on the spot, said Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

The NATO chief has condemned the attack, which has shut down several government websites, as “powerful”. Moscow has been using war language against Kiev for months, gathering tens of thousands of troops on the border with neighboring countries.

“In the coming days, NATO and Ukraine will sign an agreement to expand cyber-cooperation,” Stoltenberg said. Among other things, it would give Ukraine access to the platform on which NATO countries share information on cyber attacks.

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