Targeting of Ukrainian government websites
Date of report
  • January 2022
The Ukrainian government accused Russia of defacing several government websites. Ukraine claimed that the cyberattack was intended as a false flag, as it utilized malware from an external ransomware group in an attempt to obfuscate attribution. The move came as Ukraine and Russia were locked in a state of heightened conflict, with the Ukrainian government accusing Russia of mounting a far larger campaign to place wipers on Ukrainian government systems that could be activated in the event of an invasion. 
Suspected victims
  • Over seventy Ukrainian government websites
Suspected state sponsor
  • Belarus
Type of incident
  • Defacement
Target category
  • Government
Victim government reaction
  • Unknown