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The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense website and banks have been taken offline

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KYIV, Feb 15 (Reuters) – The online networks of Ukraine’s Defense Ministry and two banks were overwhelmed on Tuesday and Ukraine’s Information Security Center pointed the finger at neighboring Russia.

“It is not excluded that the aggressor used low-threshold tactics because his aggressive plans do not work on a large scale,” said the Ukrainian Center for Strategic Communications and Information Security, which is part of the Ministry of Culture. declaration.

Kiev has accused Moscow of similar actions in the past and since Russia began mustering more than 100,000 troops near the border, raising East-West tensions as the West fears Russia is planning to attack the Ukraine, which Moscow denies. Read more

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The type of disruption Ukrainian authorities reported on Tuesday is known as distributed denial of service – often abbreviated DDoS – but its scale was not immediately clear. The maneuver, which involves directing a firehose of Internet traffic from a multitude of sources against one set of servers or another, is common on the Internet and such attacks occur periodically in Ukraine and beyond.

A message on the home page of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense website indicated that it was undergoing maintenance. The ministry tweeted that its website was apparently under cyberattack and that it was working to restore access.

Oshadbank confirmed the cyberattack saying it caused some of its systems to slow down. The Strategic Communications Center said Privatbank users also had issues with payments and a banking app. Privatbank did not immediately comment.

San Francisco-based Cloudflare, a leading denial-of-service protection provider, said it had seen no evidence of “high DDoS activity” in Ukraine against its data centers or customers there. -low.

“From our perspective, today there was no unusual attack traffic against us or our customers in Ukraine,” the company said in an email.

The United States and its allies have indicated they are ready to respond to Russian digital incursions, although details remain scarce.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said there were “a range of means by which we could respond – both visible and invisible – to a cyberattack or any other attack.”

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Reporting by Natalia Zinets and Raphael Satter; written by Maria Tsvetkova and Raphael Satter; Editing by Peter Graff and Grant McCool

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