| Ukraine reports massive cyber attack on government websites

PICTURES: A man holds a laptop computer while photographing it on May 13, 2017. REUTERS / Kacper Pempel / File Photo

  • Ukraine said it was the target of a cyber attack.
  • Educational websites, cabinet, foreign and emergency services were down.
  • The Foreign Ministry’s website has temporarily posted a message that appears to indicate that the plot was based on Ukraine’s Western alliance.

Kyiv on Friday reported on a massive internet attack on major government sites as tensions between Russia and Western Ukraine escalate following a series of fruitless talks.

The education ministry said on Facebook that their page was not working properly due to a “global attack” that took place overnight.

Other websites downstairs were for ministers and foreign and emergency ministries.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Foreign Ministry’s website has temporarily posted a message in Ukrainian, Russian and Polish that appears to indicate that the plot was based on Ukraine’s Western alliance.

“Ukrainian! All your personal information .. has been deleted and cannot be restored. Everything about you is known, be afraid and expect the worst.”

“This is the past, the present and the future. For Volyn, OUN, UPA, Galitsia, Polesye and the countries of history,” it said, referring to ultra-nationalist institutions and regions of Ukraine.

The education ministry said government officials – including SBU security and cyberpolice – were working to address the problem.

The attack comes as tensions between Russia and the West escalate in Ukraine, the former Soviet Union.

Europeans are blaming Russia for sending tanks, weapons and troops to the 100,000 border on the eastern border of Ukraine that have been affected by the war in recent weeks, which NATO says it is planning a coup. Moscow says it has no plans to attack Ukraine.

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This week the United States and its NATO allies negotiated with Russia to resolve the dispute, but all three talks – in Geneva, Brussels and Vienna – – did not materialize.

On Thursday, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Moscow did not see any reason for holding new security talks with the West because of a lack of progress.

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