Hundreds of cyberattacks against Ukrainian energy infrastructure repelled, reports SBU

28 December 2022, 11:55 AM
About 30 cyber-attacks on Ukrainian thermal power plants and Oblenergo incidents could become critical (Photo:KeepCoding \ Unsplash)

About 30 cyber-attacks on Ukrainian thermal power plants and Oblenergo incidents could become critical (Photo:KeepCoding \ Unsplash)

Hundreds of Russian cyberattacks against Ukrainian power plants and energy infrastructure have been repelled since the beginning of the year, the head of the Ukraine’s SBU security service Cyber Security Department, Illya Vityuk, said in an interview on Ukrainian television on Dec. 27.

"Missile strikes against Ukrainian energy infrastructure are often accompanied by cyber-attacks,” he revealed.

“We were expecting to deal with this scenario, so none of them have been effective.”

He noted that out of all of the attacks, only 30 ever posed a critical risk to the country, though dozens of cyberattacks are launched on a daily basis.

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"There were specific attempts to turn off power and destroy the digital infrastructure of some regional power distribution companies and thermal power plants,” Vityuk stated.

"Luckily, we managed to prevent it.”

The SBU's cyber department has significantly developed since the previous year, the official added.

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