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Ukrainian intelligence' hackers attack Russian government agencies and large companies

Ukrainian intelligence' hackers attack Russian government agencies and large companies Russian government agencies and large companies attacked by Ukrainian intelligence' hackers (photo: Getty Images)

Hackers from the Main Intelligence Directorate (DIU) of Ukraine's Ministry of Defense have attacked the electronic services of several Russian ministries and banking institutions,according to RBC-Ukraine source in the special services.

According to Roskomnadzor (Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media) , the disruption is allegedly linked to an accident in the main communication network. However, the source indicates that the cause is a DDoS attack currently being carried out by DIU's hackers.

As of 11 a.m.:

  • Access to the electronic services of the public services website, as well as services of the Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Industry and Energy, Ministry of Information Technology and Communications, and the Ministry of Emergency Situations was unavailable;
  • The website and services of the Federal Tax Service of Russia were blocked;
  • Services of some banking institutions, including Sberbank and Alfabank, were unavailable;
  • Disruptions were reported in the operations of VKontakte.

The "United Aircraft Corporation" also reported a lack of network access, which paralyzed their operations. Additionally, the Russian cloud storage service Gosoblako was affected.

Moreover, state registry offices have not been working in several regions for the past few days, causing Russians to complain about canceled weddings.

Other DIU hacker operations

Recently, hackers intercepted correspondence between the head of the Russian parliament and dictator Vladimir Putin. The latter was advised to tighten control in the country and escalate confrontation with Western countries after the "elections."

At the end of February, Russia's largest internet portal,, was also attacked, resulting in some users losing access to their accounts.