Ukraine Accuses Russia Of Fresh Cyberattack
March 16, 2021
Ukraine's State Security Service (SBU) said on March 16 it had
prevented a large-scale cyberattack by Russian hackers targeting
classified government data.
The SBU said the aim was to "get access to classified data of the
highest institutions of state power of Ukraine" and accused the
Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) of being behind the hackers
who it said had carried the attack.
Kyiv has previously accused Moscow of orchestrating large
cyberattacks as part of a "hybrid war" against Ukraine, but Russia
denies this. The FSB did not immediately comment on the latest
SBU did not say whether any damage had been caused in the latest
incident, which it blamed on a FSB-controlled hacker group it
identified as Armageddon.
In February, Ukrainian cyberauthorities accused unnamed Russian
Internet networks of attacks on Ukrainian security and defense
websites, and of trying to disseminate malicious documents through a
Relations between Kyiv and Moscow have been strained since Russia
illegally took control of Crimea from Ukraine seven years ago after
sending in troops, seizing key facilities in February 2014, and
staging a referendum weeks later that was dismissed as illegitimate
by at least 100 countries.
Moscow also backs separatists in a war against Ukrainian government
forces that has killed more than 13,000 people in eastern Ukraine
since April 2014.
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