Feeds

Cyber battle apparently under way in Russia-Ukraine conflict

Kiev security chief says 'IP-telephonic' attack is targeting Parliament

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

Ukraine's mobile phone infrastructure is under attack: with equipment installed in Russian-controlled Crimea interfering with the phones of members of parliament, a senior Ukrainian government official alleges.

The head of Ukraine's SBU security service told a press conference on Tuesday that the attack has been running for at least two days.

"I confirm that an IP-telephonic attack is under way on mobile phones of members of Ukrainian parliament for the second day in row," Valentyn Nalivaichenko told the new conference, Reuters reports.

Equipment installed within Ukrtelecom networks in the Crimea is blocking the phones of Nalivaichenko and his deputies, he said.

"The security services are now seeking to restore at least the security of communications," according to the security chief. "All state information security systems were unprepared for such a brazen violation of the law."

AFP also reports that Russian forces have also severed internet connections between the Crimean peninsula and the rest of Ukraine. Unidentified individuals reportedly seized local offices of state-owned telecommunications service provider Ukrtelecom, before cutting phone and Internet cables. The actions have severely degraded communication links.

Ukrainian naval communications stations around the port city of Sevastopol and power lines there have been sabotaged, AFP added.

Two Crimean government web portals were also offline, although the reason for this outage remains unconfirmed.

It's not all one way traffic. The website of the Russia Today news service was defaced by hackers for a short time on Saturday with the headlines of news articles changed so that references to “Russia” and “Russians" were replaced with the words “Nazi” and “Nazis”.

Russian forces seized strategic locations on the Crimean peninsula last week after a popular uprising in Kiev ousted pro-Russian President Yanukovych. Local militia set up roadblocks between Crimea, which has an ethnic Russian majority, and the rest of the Ukraine.

The use by Russia of electronic warfare against the Ukraine in the midst of escalating tensions within the country follows the pattern of earlier conflicts between Russia and its immediate neighbours.

For example, the military conflicts on the ground between Georgia and Russia back in 2008 over break-away regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia - which have since become Russian protectorates - was accompanied by denial of service attacks and website defacements. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
UK smart meters arrive in 2020. Hackers have ALREADY found a flaw
Energy summit bods warned of free energy bonanza
DRUPAL-OPCALYPSE! Devs say best assume your CMS is owned
SQLi hole was hit hard, fast, and before most admins knew it needed patching
Knock Knock tool makes a joke of Mac AV
Yes, we know Macs 'don't get viruses', but when they do this code'll spot 'em
Feds seek potential 'second Snowden' gov doc leaker – report
Hang on, Ed wasn't here when we compiled THIS document
Mozilla releases geolocating WiFi sniffer for Android
As if the civilians who never change access point passwords will ever opt out of this one
Why weasel words might not work for Whisper
CEO suspends editor but privacy questions remain
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence
Download Choosing a Cloud Hosting Provider with Confidence to learn more about cloud computing - the new opportunities and new security challenges.