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Cyber attack on February 15 is the largest in the history of Ukraine

The February 15 cyberattack is the largest in the history of Ukraine. Photo: flickr.com

The February 15 cyberattack is the largest in the history of Ukraine. Photo: flickr.com

The cyberattack on a number of state-owned banks and state institutions on February 15 was the largest in the history of Ukraine. The Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov stated this at a briefing by the Ministry of Digital Transformation, the Security Service of Ukraine, the State Service of Special Communications, the Cyber Police, the National Security and Defense Council, and the National Bank.

Yesterday, on February 15, the largest DDoS attack in the history of Ukraine on government websites and the banking sector was made. Yesterday, all the authorities responsible for cybersecurity worked to counter these attacks and eliminate them as soon as possible.

Mykhailo Fedorov

Mykhailo Fedorov

Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Digital Transformation

The Minister noted that the attack had come from Russia, China, the Czech Republic, and Uzbekistan and stated that it had been clearly led by a foreign government. He estimated the cost of the cyberattack at millions of dollars, calling the destabilization of the situation its goal. Fedorov also stated that the attack was unprecedented, but the hackers had failed to achieve their goal. Now the situation is under control.

Viktor Zhora, Deputy Chairman of the State Service of Special Communications, stated that the attack had resembled the January 13-14 attacks in terms of the scale of coherence, but the hackers had used different tools. He does not exclude that one customer could be behind them.

The National Bank spokesperson, answering journalists' questions, assured that Ukrainian banks and their systems were not affected. He stressed that each bank has its own security system and it is impossible to "shut down" the entire banking network of the country.

Context. According to the outlet SPEKA, citing data from the company Hostmaster, on February 15, a DDOS attack took place on the domain name system of the gov.ua domain. Its total duration was more than five hours, and the power exceeded 150 Gbps. Thanks to the connection of the standby servers by the company's specialists, the domain system met the challenge. Now the situation has stabilized.

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