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Britain warns of cyberattacks as Russia-Ukraine crisis escalates

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Britain warns of cyberattacks as Russia-Ukraine crisis escalates

FILE PHOTO: A laptop screen displays a warning message in Ukrainian, Russian and Polish, that appeared on the official website of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry after a massive cyberattack, in this illustration taken January 14, 2022. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko/Illustration/File Photo

REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko/Illustration/File Photo

Britain's National Cyber Security Centre, a part of the GCHQ eavesdropping intelligence agency, calls on British organizations to 'bolster their online defences'


LONDON, UK – Britain warned of potential cyberattacks with “international consequences” on Tuesday, February 22, after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered troops to two breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine.

Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), a part of the GCHQ eavesdropping intelligence agency, called on British organizations to “bolster their online defences” following the developments.

“While the NCSC is not aware of any current specific threats to UK organisations in relation to events in and around Ukraine, there has been an historical pattern of cyber attacks on Ukraine with international consequences,” it said in a statement.

Last week, Ukranian banking and government websites were briefly knocked offline by a spate of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks which the United States and Britain said were carried out by Russian military hackers.

Russia rejected the allegations.

Six European Union countries are sending a team of cybersecurity experts to Ukraine to help deal with cyber threats, Lithuania’s deputy defence minister said on Tuesday.

In response to a request from Ukraine on Monday, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Estonia, Romania, Croatia will send the team of experts they set up earlier to help other EU countries, institutions and partners to cope with cyber threats, Deputy Defence Minister Margiris Abukevicius said. – Rappler.com

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