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Ukraine fears Russia behind cyber attack on banks

Moscow is suspected of directing attacks


Ukraine was hit with a suspected attack on its banks and government departments tonight amid fears that Russia had launched a cyber war on the country.

Damage to databases and servers, and other forms of disruption are all now familiar weapons in the Russian armoury.

Ukrainian banks, PrivatBank, Oschad and the State Savings Bank of Ukraine, experienced issues with transactions and mobile apps, along with other outages at the Ministry of defence and armed services websites.

Local media reported customers struggling to use banking apps and pay for goods with cards.

The ministry of defence in Kyiv said on Facebook that it had suffered a probable DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack, an attempt to swamp a website with huge volumes of internet traffic.

“Scheduled technical work is currently underway on the restoration of the regular functioning of the web portal of the ministry,” it said.

The reports emerged as Western leaders said they were seeing positive signs that Russia was looking to ease tensions over Ukraine.

After a meeting with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Moscow, President Vladimir Putin said Russia “of course” did not want war, and was willing to look for solutions with the West.

“We are ready to work further together. We are ready to go down the negotiations track,” Putin told a joint press conference with Scholz, confirming a “partial pullback of troops”.

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