A large-scale DDoS attack on the websites of Ukrainian state banks and ministries, as well as on the Diya application, which took place on February 15, failed, they continue to work. This was stated by the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Denys Monastyrsky during the telethon of national unity, which on February 16 broadcast YouTube channel TSN.
“Yesterday, one of the largest cyberattacks took place, during which they tried to take down the websites of state bodies, tried once again to attack the Diya application and the largest banks in Ukraine. I can thank everyone who was involved in the country’s united cyber defense, which also includes representatives of the cyber police “, for the fact that this attempt failed. There was an attack, including on the websites of the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Internal Affairs. But today, the Diya application, state-owned banks, and websites work without hindrance,” he said.
On February 15, it became known that there were failures in the operation of the banking services of PrivatBank and Oschadbank, as well as the websites of the Ministry of Defense and the Armed Forces of Ukraine. As later reported in the State Service for Special Communications, they were caused by a powerful DDoS attack. The media wrote that this DDoS attack – the most powerful of those to which Ukrainian resources were subjected.
Monobank co-founder Oleg Gorokhovsky said that almost all Ukrainian banks were attacked.
By 19.30 the work of banking services was restored, but after 20.00 the portal of public services “Diya” was attacked. Deputy Prime Minister – Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine Mikhail Fedorov said that the attack started from Russia and China, and when it was “repulsed”, it returned from the Czech Republic and Uzbekistan. According to the Deputy Prime Minister, for users of “Dії” the attack was imperceptible.
The National Police opened criminal proceedings on the fact of DDoS attacks under Art. 361 (unauthorized intervention in the operation of automated systems) and art. 363-1 (intentional mass distribution of telecommunication messages, which led to disruption of automated systems) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
On February 16, the Ministry of Defense reported that the department’s website was subjected to an unprecedented DoS attack, which is still ongoing.
Vice Prime Minister – Minister of Digital Transformation Mikhail Fedorov said at a briefing that a DDoS attack on February 15 was the largest in the history of Ukraine, but the sites quickly resumed work. He also noted that the cost of its implementation can reach millions of dollars.
Viktor Zhora, deputy head of the State Special Communications Service, said that the attacks continue on February 16, but the situation is completely under control.
The SBU noted that there are similarities between the cyberattack on Ukrainian government websites that occurred on January 13–14 and the DDoS attack on websites and Ukrainian banks that began on February 15. They also show traces of foreign intelligence services.
Kremlin speaker Dmitry Peskov said on February 16 that Russia is not involved in cyber attacks on Ukrainian resources.