Ukrainian People and Soldiers Receive Frightening Mass Text Messages From Russia Telling Them to Flee or Be Killed

Ukrainian government websites were knocked offline Wednesday in a new wave of cyberattacks pummeling Ukraine, just as Russian forces are starting to roll into the country and Ukraine declares a nationwide state of emergency over Russia’s recent aggression.

The sites of Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, its Security Service or SBU, and Cabinet of Ministers were all down Wednesday. Banks are also affected, Ukraine’s minister of digital transformation, Mykhailo Fedorov, said on his Telegram channel. Ukrainian soldiers have also recently reported receiving alarming text messages urging them to flee or be killed, in what appeared to be an attempt to degrade their morale.

It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the website downs or the SMS messages, or if it was the same actor, but it reeks of the same playbook the Russian government has used in recent days to try to use cyber-operations to sow confusion and doubt in Ukraine in advance of an invasion.

According to the U.S. and U.K. intelligence communities’ assessments, Russia’s GRU, its main intelligence directorate, was responsible for a similar cyber-operation known as a DDoS that knocked Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense and Armed Services websites offline and hit Ukrainian banks just last week, Anne Neuberger, Biden’s Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technology, said in recent days.

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Source: MSN