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Ukrainians say hackers used local government websites to spread fake “surrender” news

FILE PHOTO: In this illustration image, the Russian flag can be seen on the laptop screen in front of a computer screen displaying cybercode
FILE PHOTO: A Russian flag is seen on the laptop screen in front of a computer screen displaying cybercode in this illustration image taken March 2, 2018. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Illustration/File Photo

March 3, 2022

By Raphael Satter

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Ukrainian officials say hackers broke into local government websites to spread false reports that Kyiv had surrendered and signed a peace deal with Moscow.

In a message posted on Twitter https://twitter.com/dsszzi/status/1499421451253911556, Ukraine’s State Service for Special Communications and Information Protection said that an unknown number of official websites of “regional and local governments” had been hijacked and used to ” to spread lies” about a deal to end the fighting sparked by the Russian invasion.

The agency said “the enemy” was responsible for the hacking spree.

The agency didn’t immediately return a message asking for more details, and it wasn’t immediately clear which sites it was referring to. Authorities in Kyiv have repeatedly acted swiftly to debunk what they call Russian fabrications about the conflict.

Russia denies using hackers to track its enemies, but the Kremlin’s use of cyber spies in information operations is well documented.

Hacking official news sites or government accounts to spread misinformation has been done before. In recent years, researchers have tracked down a hacker group called “Ghostwriters” who are accused of breaking into news sites to make false claims.

Researchers and the Ukrainian government have previously linked hackers to Belarus, which has offered its territory as a springboard for the Russian invasion.

(Reporting by Raphael Satter; Editing by Alexandra Hudson)

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