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Coordinating HQ for POW Treatment is under DDoS attack

29.01.2024, 11:55

The Coordinating HQ for POW Treatment says its media resources are under a DDoS attack and they believe it has to do with IL-76 plane that was shot down over Russia.

This was reported by the HQ's Telegram channel on January 28.

"Apparently, the enemy has decided that details on prisoner swaps and the IL-76 plane crash is a threat to them," the report says.

The Coordinating HQ noted that access to some functions and resources will be temporarily limited for security reasons.

The HQ advised to get up-to-date information from their other media – Facebook, Viber and the website.

Later, the headquarters reported that all the services subjected to the cyber attack have been checked by IT specialists and are working as usual.

As IMI reported, on January 24, dozens of leading international media such as the Associated Press, The Guardian, France 24, etc. shared Russia's claims about the crash of the Russian military transport plane IL-76 which was allegedly transporting Ukrainian prisoners of war – with no evidence. The IMI wrote about this in detail in the article "Russia and its hostages. What journalists learned from the IL-76 incident".

On January 25, 2024, the gas supply company "Naftogaz Ukraine" and the LLC "Gas Distribution Networks of Ukraine" recorded a large-scale attack on a data center. 

Ukrposhta also reported a technical failure in their IT systems. The data center of the Ukrainian State Transport Safety Service also suffered a failure, making the "Shlyakh" system and the official Ukrtransbezpeka website temporarily unavailable.

The Coordinating HQ for POW Treatment was established on March 11, 2022. The HQ's staff included representatives of Ukraine's Defense Intelligence, the Ministry of Defense, the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the Security Service of Ukraine, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the National Police, the National Guard, the State Border Guard Service, the Ministry of Justice, and the Ministry of Reintegration.

DI head Kyrylo Budanov has been appointed as the head of the Coordinating HQ for POW Treatment.

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