President Volodymyr Zelenskyy put into effect the decision of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) on the establishment of cyberforces in Ukraine. The corresponding decree was published on the website of the head of state.
It states that the Cabinet of Ministers must calculate how much logistical and financial resources are needed for this. In addition, the government will have to decide on the personnel of the cyberforces, so that they have an optimal ratio of military personnel, employees of the Ministry of Defense, as well as those enrolled in the reserve, reservists and other categories of persons.
The Cabinet of Ministers was given two months to do this work. After that, it must submit a corresponding bill to the Verkhovna Rada.
Context. On May 14, the NSDC adopted a cybersecurity development strategy for the next five years.
In February, Ukraine recorded attempts to distribute harmful documents through the Electronic Interaction System of executive authorities. This was reported at the National Coordination Center for Cybersecurity under the NSDC.
On July 6, several government websites were shut down in a massive cyberattack. In particular, the websites of the Office of the President, the State Bureau of Investigations, NABU, SSU, and the Foreign Intelligence Service were out of order. The State Service of Special Communication, commenting on the incident, said that there was an attack such as DNS Amplification—an attack on servers that provide access to the authorities' websites.
The State Service of Special Communication reported that on July 13, they blocked cyberattacks on the websites of the Office of the President and the Security Service of Ukraine. Unidentified hackers tried to subject the resources to DDoS attacks, but the cyber defense forces of the department managed to repel the attack.
Also last month, experts identified a false website of the President of Ukraine that hackers had created to steal documents and data.