Stratcom Center’s Ukrainian cybersecurity experts confirmed ‘massive’ DDoS attacks against PrivatBank and Oschadbank, with Defense Ministry website also crashing
Two of Ukraine’s banks were the target of a cyberattack, according to the country’s security experts.
PrivatBank and Oschadbank were hit by the strike, and the country’s Defense Ministry website is also said to have gone down.
It comes amid fears that a Russian cyberattack could precede a possible invasion of Ukraine.
The Oschadbank and Ukrainian Ministry of Defense websites were down when The Mirror attempted to access them this afternoon.
The Center for Strategic Communications and Information Security of Ukraine, known as Stratcom Center, has confirmed that the PrivatBank app is down for some users.
The Stratcom Center, which is part of the Ukrainian government and fights against online threats, wrote on Facebook: “In the past few hours, ‘PrivatBank’ has suffered a massive DDoS attack.
“Privat24 users report problems with payments and in general with the operation of the application. Some users are completely unable to access Privat24, others do not reflect the balance and recent transactions.
“There is no threat to investors’ funds. The cyberattack is exclusively related to the Privat24 application. The rest of the financial transactions are carried out in a normal way.
“In the work of ‘Oschadbank’ there are also errors, Internet banking does not work.
“Also suffered attacks at Department of Defense and Armed Forces sites. It’s not uncommon for the attacker to be successful in the little hood tactic as most of his aggressive plans don’t work.”
The Stratcom Center’s LinkedIn page says it was established under Ukraine’s Ministry of Culture and Information Policy and focuses on countering disinformation and external threats, especially from Russia. .
The Mirror’s defense editor, Chris Hughes, previously predicted that Russia could launch a cyber attack on Ukraine.
Tensions between the two countries have reached a fever pitch as the prospect of a full-scale invasion looms.
Russian soldiers today tested the OTR-21 Tochka-U missile system near the Ukrainian border as part of joint military exercises with Belarus.
Meanwhile, more than 130,000 Russian troops are massed on the Ukrainian border, with US spies warning Wednesday of a planned assault.
A senior US source told the Mirror that the Kremlin would order an attack at 3 a.m. local time on Wednesday.
Announcing that it had been hit by a cyberattack, Oschadbank wrote on its Facebook page: “Oshchadbank informs that it has suffered DDoS attacks.
“At the same time, we see that all banking systems are protected and operating as usual.
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“Currently, there is only a slowdown in access to the Oshhad24/7 system due to additional load on the communication channels.
“We apologize for the possible temporary inconvenience. We are working together to restore normal system speed.”
The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense also confirmed a DdoS attack.
He wrote on his Facebook page: “The official web portal of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine probably suffered a DDoS attack when the excessive number of calls per second was fixed.
“Scheduled technical work is currently underway on the restoration of regular operation of the web portal of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.”