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EU to send team of experts to help Ukraine deal with cyber threats

Six European Union (EU) countries are sending a team of cybersecurity experts to help Ukraine deal with cyber threats after Russia formally recognized two regions of eastern Ukraine. The team will be sent by Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Estonia, Romania and Croatia in response to a request made by Ukraine earlier this week. This team was created to help other EU countries.

Lithuania’s deputy foreign minister Margiris Abukevicius said: “Ukraine may need to test its infrastructure to deal with specific incidents or address weaknesses in security.” Britain’s Defense Secretary Ben Wallace had earlier told that Britain’s cyber experts are working with Ukraine to help deal with the threat from Russia.

Russian military hackers were behind the Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks that blocked Ukraine’s banking and government websites. The US and Britain gave this information last week. However, Russia has issued DDoS attacks refused to participate. Ukraine is also being pressured by Russia in other ways. The threat of Russian military attack on Ukraine also remains. Because of this, many countries have advised their citizens to leave Ukraine.

The cyber attacks targeted Oschadbank State Saving Bank and Privat Bank, one of Ukraine’s largest financial institutions. However, these attacks were not of a large scale. This did not cause much trouble. According to a news agency report, many websites in Ukraine were attacked, due to which they were blocked. In such cyber attacks, websites become inaccessible due to large number of junk data packets being sent. The websites of both the banks are now working as before, last month also there was a cyber attack on Ukraine. After this, NATO countries responded to the attackers by making a cyber welfare cooperation deal with Ukraine. The European Union had also said that it was mobilizing its resources to help Ukraine.

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