World Lead 1-Ukraine struck by a vast computer attack, Russia deploys troops

20:00  14 january  2022
20:00  14 january  2022 Source:   pressfrom.com

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by Pavel Polityuk and Tom Balmforth

Kiev, January 14 (Reuters) - Ukraine was struck by a magnitude computer attack that issued messages on the main government sites warning citizens " To be afraid and expecting the worst ", even as Russia, which has massaged more than 100,000 soldiers near the border, revealed Friday on television of the images of a new deployment of troops.

This attack occurs after several days of discussions between Moscow and the Western powers that have not resulted in any progress to raise the fears of a possible invasion of Ukraine by Russia.

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Moscow said Thursday that his efforts to convince the West to prevent the expansion of NATO towards the East, via the integration of Ukraine, had led it to a dead end and threatened Conduct military actions without specifying nature.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergei Lavrov, said Friday that Russia hoped that the security discussions with the United States would resume but warned that it would depend on Washington's response to Moscow's proposals.

"We will not categorically accept the appearance of NATO just to our borders, especially given the current line of conduct for Ukrainian leaders," he said.

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"When we make decisions with military equipment, we understand what we mean and what we are preparing for," he said.

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"This is probably coverage for units that move to Ukraine," said Rob Lee, military analyst and member of the United States Foreign Policy Research Institute. "Expect at the worst"

Ukrainian leaders have launched an investigation into the cyberattack, which in turn affected some 70 government's websites including that of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Cabinet of Ministers and the Security and Defense Council .

If they have not directly accused Russia from being behind this attack, they clearly indicated that they suspected Moscow. Russia did not comment but had denied in the past being at the origin of similar attacks.

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"Ukrainians! All your personal data has been uploaded to the public network. All computer data is destroyed, it is impossible to restore them," said a visible message on pirated government sites, written in Ukrainian, Russian and Polish.

"All the information about you have become public, take afraid and expect to the worst. This applies to your past, your present and your future".

The Government of Ukrainian indicated that the sites affected by the cyberattack and assured that no personal data had been stolen.

NATO reacted Friday announcing that it would sign in the coming days a new agreement with Kiev on closer cyber-defense cooperation, which will provide access to Ukraine to the Alliance system. Sharing information about malware.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in a statement that the organization's cybersecurity experts worked with the Ukrainian authorities to respond to the IT attack, both remotely from the headquarters of Brussels and on the ground in Ukraine.

The cyberattaker was also sentenced by the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell.

"I can not blame anyone because I have no proof, but we can imagine," he said.

(with the contribution of Matthias Williams to Kiev, Anton Kolodyazhny, Tom Balmforth and Andrew Osborn in Moscow, Sabine Siebold and John Irish in Brest, written by Mark Trevelyan and Peter Graff, Blandine Hénault for the French version, edited by Nicolas Delame and Sophie rental)

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