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Odesa media outlet "Intent" reports a Russian hacker attack

12.10.2023, 13:11

The website of the Odesa media outlet Intent suffered a DDoS attack and was down for half an hour.

As editor-in-chief Valeriy Bolhan told the IMI representative in Odesa oblast, it took this long for cyber security experts to repel the attack and protect the website managing features from being accessed:

"The programmers have preliminary information that suggests the attack could have come from Russia. I believe that this is not a coincidence. We heard that we are not the only Ukrainian media outlet to come under attack lately."

The editors believe this incident is related to their reporting. The team is currently considering contacting the police.

As IMI reported, in August, Russian special services tried to break into the e-system for planning UAF operations. According to the SBU, the Russian hackers intended to tap into intelligence data. The attack was perpetrated by the hacker group Sandworm, which is backed by the Russian military intelligence.

"To spread viruses in the system, the enemy primarily 'bet' on capturing Ukrainian battlefield tablets. In the future, they planned to use the access and programs available on these devices to penetrate the system," the SBU said.

On August 5, the State Service for Special Communications and Information Protection of Ukraine warned about the viruses being spread posing as recommendations from the Government Computer Emergency Response Team of Ukraine CERT-UA.

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