Cyberattack hits Ukraine government websites
Kiev, Ukraine (CNN) A number of Ukrainian government websites were targeted in a cyberattack with threatening text warning Ukrainians to "be afraid and wait for the worst" and alleging their personal information has been hacked.
"As a result of a massive cyberattack, the websites of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a number of other government agencies are temporarily down," Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleg Nikolenko said on his official Twitter account on Friday.
"According to an investigation by the Center for Strategic Communications and Information Security, the first data suggests that the attack was carried out by the Russian Federation," the Ukrainian Information Ministry said in a statement.
"This is not the first time or even the second time that Ukrainian Internet resources have been attacked since the beginning of the Russian military aggression," it added.
Early Friday morning local time, Ukrainian government websites, including that of the Foreign Ministry, displayed dark screens with a threatening text that said Ukrainians' personal information had been hacked.
All data on the computer is destroyed, it is impossible to restore them," the message, published in Ukrainian, Russian and Polish, read.
For Volhynia, for the OUN UIA [Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists Ukrainian Insurgent Army], for Galicia, for Polesie and for historical lands," the web page read.
The websites of the ministries of education, foreign affairs, sport, energy, agrarian policy, veterans, environment and the state emergency service of Ukraine and the state treasury were targeted, according to state media Ukrinform.
The European Union's chief diplomat Josep Borrell on Friday condemned the cyberattack, adding that it is "difficult to say" who is behind the hacks.
"We are going to mobilize all our resources to help Ukraine to tackle this cyberattack.
Separately, Ukraine's Ministry of Defense alleged in a statement Friday that Russian special services are preparing provocations against servicemen of the Russian Armed Forces in order to accuse Ukraine.
Tensions between Ukraine and Russia are at their highest in years , with the Russian military build-up spurring fears that Moscow could launch an invasion in the coming weeks or months.