Hrytsak: Ukraine selected a testing ground for hacking experiments

Грицак: Украина выбрана полигоном для хакерских экспериментов

The head of the SBU Basil Gritsak

Ukraine elected a testing ground for hacking experiments, most of them committing the secret services of the Russian Federation. This was stated by the head of the security Service of Ukraine Vasyl Hrytsak in an interview with UKRINFORM.

“Yes, a large number of hacker attacks are carried out with the participation of Russian special services. I will say even more – Ukraine selected a testing ground for such experiments. The hackers promised a “close eye” on all of their actions, if they try to hack the servers of any Ukrainian state institutions and receive information. Here again, a complete legal impunity, because Russia officially denies the accusations and ignores the claims. According to our information, one of the virus programs, namely Black Energy, which was tested in Ukraine, then used the Russian intelligence services in Western countries”, – said Hrytsak.

In response to the question whether the security Service of Ukraine to counteract cyber threats, he announced the creation of a special laboratory, which will improve the situation.

“Cybercrime is one of the most complex threats and calls for a clear and proportionate response. That is why its prevention should be directed not only SBU but also of all agencies whose competence directly is to protect government agencies from cyber attacks. Help us, in particular our American colleagues. Soon by means of the NATO trust Fund, the SBU will create a special laboratory which will significantly enhance our ability to counter cyber threats”, – said the head of the SBU.

According to him, employees of the security Service of Ukraine fixed the insufficient level of information security and professional development of IT specialists in selected public institutions and infrastructure.

“In today’s environment this is not the kind of thing where you can save money. Losses from attacks and leakage of important information will be much more expensive”, – says Vasyl Hrytsak.

He added that the initiative of the SBU state institutions were forbidden to use antivirus software of Russian origin, “through which Russian special services are trying to gain unauthorized access to information resources”.

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We will remind, earlier it was reported about the cyber attack of the NSDC information center, websites of the Ministry of Finance and the state Treasury. Then came information about the hacker attacks resources “Railways”.