Ukrainian banks and government websites suffer cyberattacks

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Several Ukrainian government websites were offline Wednesday as a result of a mass distributed denial of service attack, CNBC reports.

Mykhailo Fedorov, head of Ukraine’s Ministry of Digital Transformation confirmed the attack in his Telegram channel.

The attack, which also impacted some banks, began around 4 p.m. local time, according to Fedorov.

Websites for the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cabinet of Ministers and Rada, the country’s parliament, were among those down as of Wednesday morning Eastern time.

The government sites were offline as officials attempted to switch traffic elsewhere to minimize damage, he said.

A DDoS attack is when a hacker floods a victim’s network or server with traffic so that others are unable to access it.

The source of the attack is not yet confirmed but the outages come as Russia continues to accumulate troops around Ukraine’s borders.

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