Ukraine Blames Russian Hackers For Attack On Navy Website
July 12, 2021
Ukraine's Defense Ministry said Russian government hackers attacked the
website of the Ukrainian Navy to spread disinformation about the ongoing
multinational Sea Breeze military exercises in the Black Sea.
In a July 9 statement, the Defense Ministry said the “entire Kremlin
propaganda machine” was involved in the hacking operation, which
published false documents and fake news on the Navy’s website related to
the Sea Breeze drills.
"The threat has now been eliminated and the Navy's website will be
restored in the near future," it said, adding that there have also been
unsuccessful denial-of-service attacks (DDoS) on the Defense Ministry
Ukraine has repeatedly accused Russia of being behind a string of
cyberattacks, something Moscow denies.
total of 32 countries, including most Black Sea nations, NATO allies,
and partners, are attending the Sea Breeze exercises, which kicked off
on June 28 amid rising tensions between Russia and the West following an
incident involving Russia and a British warship off the coast of Crimea.
The exercises include 5,000 troops, 32 ships, 40 aircraft, and 18
special operations and dive teams and will last through July 10.
Russia opposes the drills and has said it is monitoring the actions of
military forces taking part in the exercises. Late last month, Russia
tested its air-defense systems in occupied Crimea.
Moscow seized control of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in 2014 after
sending in troops and staging a referendum dismissed as illegal by at
least 100 countries. Moscow is also backing separatists in a war in
eastern Ukraine that has killed more than 13,000 people since April