Ukrainian government websites down after ‘massive’ cyberattack

Several Ukrainian government websites were down Friday morning in the wake of a “massive” cyber attack, officials confirmed.

“As a result of a large-scale cyber attack, the websites of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a number of other government agencies have been temporarily disrupted,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleg Nikolenko wrote on Twitter.

“Our specialists have already begun to restore the work of IT systems, and the cyber police has opened an investigation,” he added.

In all, the websites of the seven ministries, as well as the websites of the country’s Cabinet, the Treasury, the National Emergency Service and the website of the State Services, where electronic passports and Ukrainian vaccination certificates are stored, are down.

The sites contained a message, in Ukrainian, Russian and Polish, that the personal data of Ukrainians had been leaked into the public domain. “Be afraid and expect the worst. This is for your past, present and future,” the letter was partially read.

Although it was not immediately clear who was behind the attacks, they come amid heightened tensions with Russia and after talks between Moscow and the West failed to make any significant progress this week.

The EU’s top diplomat said from Brest, northwest France, where EU foreign ministers are meeting for an informal summit, that he condemns the cyber attack.

He added that an emergency meeting of the ambassadors of the European Union’s Political and Security Committee was held to determine how the bloc could act and what technical assistance it could provide to Ukraine.

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