Cyberattacks hit Ukrainian government sites.
Reuters reports that a "massive" cyberattack hit Ukrainian government websites yesterday. Websites operated by the Ukrainian Cabinet and at least seven ministries were affected. Some of the defacements told their Ukrainian audience to "be afraid and expect the worst." The message was posted in Ukrainian, Russian, and Polish. The attacks seem to be simple defacements, an influence operation, and not the data-destruction and doxing the message claims. Note the implicit attempt to suggest that Poland and Ukraine have a historical dispute over Ukraine's western territories. The Moscow Times reports that Ukraine's SBU said that services had been restored to normal within hours of the attacks.
While it was initially impossible to rule out hacktivism or provocation by some third party, these seem unlikely. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry points to the obvious suspect: Russian intelligence services: "It's too early to draw conclusions, but there is a long record of Russian (cyber) assaults against Ukraine in the past," a spokesman told Reuters. Russian officials haven't commented so far on yesterday's case, but they've denied involvement in other past incidents that have been widely attributed to Moscow's organs. Those include, in the AP's tally this morning, 2014 attacks on electoral systems, attacks on regional power grids in 2015 and 2016, and the NotPetya attack of 2017.