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A laptop screen displays a warning message in Ukrainian, Russian and Polish, which appeared on the official website of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry after a massive cyber attack on Friday.

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A laptop screen displays a warning message in Ukrainian, Russian and Polish, which appeared on the official website of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry after a massive cyber attack on Friday.

Valentin Ogirenko / REUTERS

Dozens of Ukrainian government sites have been hit in a worrying cyberattack, with hackers warning people to “be afraid and expect the worst.”

The attack took control of websites of the Foreign Ministry, the Cabinet of Ministers and the Security and Defense Council, displaying a message on screens in Ukrainian, Russian and Polish that read: “Ukrainian! All your data personal data have been downloaded from the public network. All data on the computer is destroyed, it is impossible to restore it. “

“All information about you has become public, be afraid and expect the worst. It’s for your past, present and future,” the hackers said.

“Following a massive cyber attack, the websites of the Foreign Ministry and a number of other government agencies are temporarily down,” a spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry said. Twitter. “Our specialists have already started to restore the functioning of the computer systems, and the cyber police have opened an investigation.”

Officials in Kiev have not said who is behind the breach, but in the past Russian hackers have been blamed for similar attacks in Ukraine. The attacks come at a time of heightened tensions with Moscow, as around 100,000 Russian troops backed by tanks and artillery have massed on the border with Ukraine in what some observers fear is a prelude to a invasion. The Kremlin has denied any plans to invade Ukraine.

The European Union’s top diplomat, Josep Borrell, condemned the cyberattack and offered to mobilize resources to help restore computer systems. “I can’t blame anyone because I have no proof, but we can imagine,” Borrell said in an apparent allusion to Russia.

In 2020, the US Department of Justice indicted six hackers suspected of being officers in the Russian military intelligence branch in connection with computer intrusions against Ukraine and Georgia.

In recent weeks, Russia has escalated a long-standing demand that Ukraine, a former Soviet republic that gained independence after the collapse of the USSR at the end of the Cold War, should never be allowed to join. NATO. The Kremlin made a similar request regarding Georgia.

Russian envoys and European and NATO leaders appear to have made little progress this week towards resolving differences in talks in Vienna and Brussels.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told NPR on Thursday All things Considered that the United States is fully prepared for a Russian invasion of Ukraine and ready to do “things we have not done in the past” if necessary.

Speaking of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Blinken said that “he may not be completely decided on what to do”.

“We have, I think, an important responsibility to help shape his thinking and again to make it very clear from our perspective what the options are, what the consequences will be of options he might pursue,” said Blinken.



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