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Ukrainian government websites go down in ‘mass DDoS attack’


Ukraine has been hit with another cyberattack, a government minister has alleged, after several of the country’s government websites went down.

Digital Transformation Minister Mykhailo Fedorov said another distributed “mass DDoS (denial-of-service) attack’ hit the country about 4pm on Wednesday (1am Thursday AEDT).

On Telegram, he said the websites of the Verkhovna Rada national Parliament, the Cabinet of Ministers and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had all been affected. 

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry’s website went down about 4pm on Wednesday, February 23, 2022, a government minister said. (9News)

All three websites were still inaccessible more than an hour later.

Mr Federov last week labelled a high-volume cyber attack that temporarily blocked access to defence agencies and banks as “the largest [such attack] in the history of Ukraine”.

The Ukrainian Information Ministry blamed Russia for that attack.

There is no specific evidence that Moscow is behind the latest attacks.

Australia and Germany both earlier warned they were preparing for possible cyber attacks, after laying sanctions on Russia for moving troops into rebel-held areas of eastern Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin had early recognised the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics, which are part of Ukraine, as independent territories and announced he would send in troops as “peacekeepers”.

Military trucks move down a street outside Donetsk, the territory controlled by pro-Russian militants, eastern Ukraine, late Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022. Russian President Vladimir Putin has raised the stakes in the Ukraine standoff by recognizing the independence of rebel regions in the country's east. A key question now is whether he will stop at that or try to move deeper into Ukraine. (AP Photo)
Military trucks move down a street outside Donetsk, the territory controlled by pro-Russian militants, eastern Ukraine, late on Tuesday. (AP Photo) (AP)

Multiple Western leaders have described the moves, which came as more than 150,000 Russian troops gathered around the Ukraine border on three sides, as an “invasion”.

Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews said discussions included cyber security.

“We are concerned about protecting Australia’s interests and we are concerned about the potential for a cyber attack, particularly on our critical infrastructure in Australia,” Ms Andrews said.

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