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Websites of Chernihiv local authorities down due to a cyberattack

26.01.2023, 11:01

On the morning of January 26, the websites of the Chernihiv Oblast Military Administration, the Chernihiv City Council, the Department of Civil Protection and Defense, as well as the Chernihiv, Novhorod-Siversky, Nizhyn and Koryukiv district councils were down due to a hacker attack.

This was reported to Suspilne by the OMA, and the City Council's press office posted an according announcement on social media.

As reported by the Chernihiv City Council's press office, the Security Service of Ukraine and the cyberpolice have already been contacted in this regard.

"Yesterday the OMA servers suffered a large-scale virus attack. Some systems were disabled for protection. The OMA website and the websites of DMAs are temporarily down. Specialists are working on restoring the system. This attack is not the first one, there have been dozens of such attacks over the past year," Andriy Podorvan, adviser to the head of the OMA, told Suspilne.

According to him, IT specialists say that this virus attack was well planned, the malware was planted into the system in advance. And now it has been activated.

"Fortunately, we have sufficient means of communication and information exchange. Such attacks do not have any impact on our work, except that it takes a little more time to exchange information," said Podorvan.

The press office of the Security Service of Ukraine informed the publication that their cyber specialists were taking the appropriate measures to eliminate the consequences of the attack and restore the stable work of the web resource.

Since the relevant online resources are currently down, all information will be provided through official social media pages.

As IMI reported, on January 17, "Ukrinform" reported that their website had suffered a cyber attack and was temporarily down. The news agency may have been attacked by the Sandworn hacker group, which has ties to the Russian GRU, according to State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection of Ukraine.

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