Ukrainian Companies and Banks Under Attack, while the Government Computers Went Down

Ukrainian Companies and Banks Under Attack, while the Government Computers Went Down

Another massive malware attack was reported, and this time, the targets were the Ukrainian government, dozens of banks and companies run by the state, as well as Kyiv City Administration. Multiple of these organizations had to stop their operations completely.

Because of these attacks, the banks had no choice but to stop servicing clients, and even conduct regular banking operations. NBU (National Bank of Ukraine) has said so itself during an inquiry made by Kyiv’s Interfax-Ukraine.

The investigation has apparently attracted the attention of cyber-police, as well as the specialists of the State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection. The NBU, on the other hand, made a public statement where they warned the rest of the banks and financial market players about the attack.

They said that, on Tuesday, multiple banks were hit by an unknown Virus. Another victim of this same cyber attack is the Lux television and radio broadcasting company. Their Director General himself, Roman Andriyko, has admitted that the company was under attack.

He reported the damage to computers of the television channel and radio station and stated that compact discs are currently used to broadcast.

Another victim of a hacking attack is Nova Poshta, which was attacked by a virus called Petya. Both the call center, as well as information systems of this organization were impacted and are experiencing problems.

Everyone impacted has stated that they are doing whatever they can to deal with the attack and have everything working as usual.

Still, the attack doesn’t seem to stop or even slow down for that matter, and the list of affected companies and organizations just keeps getting longer. Kyiv and Boryspil airports are no exceptions, and they also reported damage made to their computer networks.

The airport stressed that the airplanes are not affected by the attack, nor are navigation systems and that the airport functions normally, apart from the computer network,

Another victim of this virus is the central office of PJSC Ukrgazvydobuvannia. Larysa Polischuk, head of the PR department, has stated that the several banks went down, which is the evidence of a large-scale attack. Still, not all of the Ukrgazvydobuvannia computers are down, and that they can still work via phones.

In order to respect the rules of information protection and security, Oschadbank has decided to largely limit the services that they usually provide to their clients. Until this crisis is over, the bank’s offices will only provide consultations, as they said. Still, the online banking system works normally, as well as any operation involving credit cards.

Other companies affected by the virus include Avangard and Ukrlandfarming companies, as well as Ukrenergo and Kyivenergo.

Interfax-Ukraine has reported that Ukrtelecom, Ukrposhta, and even the KLO gas station network are all affected as well. On the other hand, Naftogaz Ukrainy and Energoatom did not report any issues connected to the attack.