Today`s ddos-attack on a data network of Ukrzaliznytsia was performed by Ukrainian hackers on the order of an unidentified person from St. Petersburg, Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Volodymyr Omelyan wrote on Facebook.
He said that the attack on the cargo database was carried out as a diversionary tactic.
”Reliable sources in law enforcement agencies say that the ddos-attack on the data network of the Ukrainian Railways was performed by Ukraine-based hacker groups, commissioned by an unidentified person from St. Petersburg, who chatted with them on one of the online forums. The attack on cargo transportation information system was a redherring move to steal data on passenger traffic. The recent cyber-attacks on the Ministry of Finance and State Treasury were performed in a similar manner,” Omelyan wrote.
According to the minister, the National police have already regained access to the servers of Ukrzaliznytsya and the intruders` attempts were blocked.
Earlier today, December 15, Ukrzaliznytsia CEO Wojciech Balczun said that the company website was down due to a hacker attack, while the company`s top management were being physically threatened.
”With full responsibility and anxiety, I declare that now there is an unprecedented and shameful torpedoing of all of our latest steps, especially in the field of human resources. The new management have faced real threats of [the use] of physical force [against them]… Here come the threats, hacker attacks on our servers and systems, and at this moment the operations of the official website of Ukrzaliznytsia is blocked,” said Balczun.