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Russian hackers attack "Vechirniy Kyiv"

26.05.2023, 10:57

The website of the media outlet "Vechirniy Kyiv" was hacked on May 25, the publication reports.

The media outlet's editor-in-chief, Olena Petryshyn, clarified that the hackers had posted several copies of a news item by the hacker group Sontsepyok.

"The hackers did not get direct access to the server or the database. Now our specialists are working to avoid such situations in the future and make the web portal even more secure," said Olena Petryshyn.

The website was attacked around 3:00 p.m. According to the acting director of CE Kyivinform (that "Vechirniy Kyiv" is a part of), Yevhen Lopushynsky, the attack took place during the opening of the photo exhibition "Kyiv Yesterday and Today: a Journey Through Time" in Taras Shevchenko Park in Kyiv.

As the editors note, this is not the first attack on the website that has happened since the beginning of the full-scale invasion. In the first months that followed the escalation, the media outlet had to repel similar attacks every now and then, but on a smaller scale.

In the comment to the IMI representative, Yevhen Lopushynsky specified that the publication's website was attacked by Russian hackers.

"They wrote that they were the hacker group Sontsepyok, started posting the same news item every minute, which featured an image of Zelensky a clown costume and went approximately as follows: 'Attention, Zelensky! We, the hacker group Sontsepyok, have hacked all the state websites, discovered all the information and corruption,'" he said.

According to Yevhen Lopushynsky, the response team worked for three hours to restore the website, and it is currently working as usual. The team continues to improve the website's security to avoid similar hacker attacks in the future.

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