Petro Poroshenko accused Russia of hacker attacks on the Ukrainian Central Election Commission. According to him, Ukrainian experts on February 24 and 25 recorded a DDoS attack on the Central Election Commission.
Poroshenko pointed out that the National Security and Defense Council, the Security Service of Ukraine and the Department of Information Security, together with their American partners, have developed mechanisms to protect the CEC.
The Head of Ukraine also spoke about the negotiations with representatives of the Armed Forces and the US State Department on cooperation in the field of cybersecurity, which took place in Odessa.
Two weeks earlier, Sergey Demedyuk, the Head of the Cyber Police Department of the National Police of Ukraine, said that Russia is preparing a large-scale cyber attack on the Ukrainian CEC. According to Demedyuk, Russian hackers are going to penetrate into the computer systems of the Election Committee in order to be able to influence the results of the presidential elections, which will be held on March 31, 2019.
The director of national intelligence of the United States, Dan Coats, also agreed with Demedyuk, who admitted that Russia will try to intervene in the elections in Ukraine with the help of hackers.
The Kremlin denied the statements of the Ukrainian authorities about Russia’s cyber attacks on the eve of the presidential elections.
“We do not know anything about this. I can only say that we hear a huge number of similar statements from around the world, it seems that it takes the character of some mania or phobia,” – said Dmitry Peskov, press secretary of the Russian president.
A spokesman for Vladimir Putin noted that Russia had never had anything to do with various manifestations of cyber crime.
Interestingly, at the beginning of this month, hackers attacked the website of the showman and presidential candidate of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky immediately after the launch.
A little earlier, the YouTube channel of another candidate for President of Ukraine, mayor of Lviv Andrei Sadovoi was attacked by a hacker and was destroyed.