It appears that a Russian government website was hacked over the weekend, prompting an internet search for the site to read “Glory to Ukraine” written in Ukrainian.
The website of the Russian Ministry of Construction, Housing and Public Services has been hacked after many state-owned companies and news organizations in the country have suffered several attacks since Russia invaded Ukraine, euronews reports.
Russia’s RIA news agency quoted a ministry official as saying on Sunday that the site had been shut down but that users’ personal data had been protected. The site was up and running until Monday.
The RIA reported that other media outlets reported that hackers demanded a ransom to prevent the public disclosure of user data.
Russia’s war against Ukraine is not only bombed, but also cybernetic, as such a war plays an increasingly important role in the invasion.
Before the outbreak of war, Ukraine saw an increase in the number of cyber attacks on several banks and government departments. Many of the attacks came in the form of so-called wiper attacks, which destroy data on machines, or DDoS attacks, which use multiple devices to flood systems.
In response, volunteer hackers began defending Ukraine with the so-called “IT Army”, set up by Ukrainian Minister of Digital Technology Mykhailo Fedorov. The group is accessed through the Telegram messaging application and lists potential targets of the Russian state.
Governments around the world have also come out in defense of Ukraine to support its cyber infrastructure. Following this cyber war, countries such as the United States and Australia have issued recommendations to companies to strengthen their cyber security.
But Ukraine, like other Baltic states previously occupied by the USSR, has been battling cyber threats for decades. Their experience shows that these countries have the strongest cyber security training, with an index higher than the average of Australia, Canada and Europe, according to the VPN service company Surfshark.
The study found that Ukraine and Latvia, which both have an index of 75, are 3 percent above the European average.
While Lithuania ranks first in the poll, with an index of 93, almost 28% higher than the European average. Estonia ranks second, with an index of over 90.
Russia’s score, meanwhile, is 2.5 percent lower than the European average and at 71 percent, according to Sufshark, which also said Russia had the most data security breaches in the first quarter of 2022, with nearly 3.6 million internet users affected and a 136% increase in cases after the invasion.
Russia’s latest hacking attacks took place in early May, which kept the RuTube video site offline for three days and altered the satellite TV menus in Moscow on Victory Day, when Russia celebrated its third anniversary. 77th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany.
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