Ukraine hit by cyberattacks: head of Ukraine security service

Tue Mar 4, 2014 6:08am EST

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(Reuters) - Ukraine's telecommunications system has come under attack, with equipment installed in Russian-controlled Crimea used to interfere with the mobile phones of members of parliament, the head of Ukraine's SBU security service said on Tuesday.

"I confirm that an IP-telephonic attack is under way on mobile phones of members of Ukrainian parliament for the second day in row," Valentyn Nalivaichenko told a news briefing.

"At the entrance to (telecoms firm) Ukrtelecom in Crimea, illegally and in violation of all commercial contracts, was installed equipment that blocks my phone as well as the phones of other deputies, regardless of their political affiliation," he said.

"The security services are now seeking to restore at least the security of communications," he said. "All state information security systems were unprepared for such a brazen violation of the law."

Russian forces seized Crimea last week.

(Editing by Jon Boyle)

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hhhobbit3 wrote:
This is bad, real bad. I get about 500 spam messages per day in my Yahoo pay domain account because Yahoo foolishly accepts email sent to any user at the domain. They need to make it for the user only for all secondary email accounts and for the primary email account also allow abuse, postmaster, and webmaster. What is sending all that email? Hacked Windows machines that send the email directly without an intervening outgoing email. Who is the botmaster? A Russian that is doing it with the blessings of somebody in the corrupt Russian government. One day in February he sent about 500 email messages that weren’t spam. Each one had a zipped malware attached. I found four types in my sampling. The next day he did the same thing, this time with me identifying two types with random sampling.

Something needs to be done about this Russian malware situation. Ditto for China, the NSA, and anybody else that is doing it.

Mar 05, 2014 6:30pm EST  --  Report as abuse
lavelle9 wrote:
no they wont!and they shoudn’t!!!!!!

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