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Britain warns of cyberattacks as Russia-Ukraine crisis escalates

LONDON : Britain warned of potential cyberattacks with “international consequences” on Tuesday after Russian President Vladimir Puitin ordered troops to 2 breakaway areas in japanese Ukraine.

Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), an element of the GCHQ eavesdropping intelligence company, referred to as on British organisations to “bolster their online defences” following the developments.

“While the NCSC is not aware of any current specific threats to UK organisations in relation to events in and around Ukraine, there has been an historical pattern of cyber attacks on Ukraine with international consequences,” it stated in a press release.

Last week, Ukranian banking and authorities web sites had been briefly knocked offline by a spate of distributed denial of service (DDoS) assaults which the United States and Britain stated had been carried out by Russian army hackers.

Russia rejected the allegations.

Six European Union international locations are sending a crew of cybersecurity specialists to Ukraine to assist take care of cyber threats, Lithuania’s deputy defence minister stated on Tuesday.

In response to a request from Ukraine on Monday, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Estonia, Romania, Croatia will ship the crew of specialists they arrange earlier to assist different EU international locations, establishments and companions to deal with cyber threats, Deputy Defence Minister Margiris Abukevicius stated.

(Reporting by James Pearson, Editing by Angus MacSwan)



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