LONDON (Reuters) – Britain on Tuesday warned of potential cyberattacks with “international consequences” after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the dispatch of troops to two breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine.
Britain’s National Cyber Security Center (NCSC), part of the GCHQ spying intelligence agency, has called on UK organizations to “strengthen their online defences” following the developments.
“While the NCSC is not aware of any current specific threats to UK organizations in relation to events in and around Ukraine, there has been a historical pattern of cyberattacks against Ukraine with international consequences,” he said in a statement.
Ukrainian banking and government websites were briefly taken offline last week by a series of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks that the US and Britain say were carried out by hackers Russian military.
Russia has denied the allegations.
Six European Union countries are sending a team of cybersecurity experts to Ukraine to help deal with cyber threats, Lithuania’s Deputy Defense Minister announced on Tuesday.
In response to a request from Ukraine on Monday, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Estonia, Romania and Croatia will send the team of experts they previously assembled to help other countries , EU institutions and partners to deal with cyber threats, said Deputy Defense Minister Margiris. said Abukevicius.
(Reporting by James Pearson, editing by Angus MacSwan)
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