Ukraine’s nationwide postal service has been hit by a two-day-long cyber-attack focusing on its on-line system that tracks parcels.
Unknown hackers carried out a distributed denial of service (DDoS) assault in opposition to Ukrposhta’s web site.
The assault started on Monday morning, however ended shortly after 21:00 native time (1900 BST).
Nevertheless, Ukrposhta reported on Facebook that the DDoS assault continued once more on Tuesday.
“Pals, we have been DDoSed,” the corporate in a publish on Tuesday. “In the course of the first wave of the assault, which started yesterday within the morning, our IT companies might normalise the scenario, and after 17:00, all of the companies on the location labored correctly.
“However at present, hackers are at it once more. As a consequence of their actions, each the web site and companies are working, however slowly and with interruptions.”
DDoS assaults happen when hackers flood an internet site’s servers with an enormous quantity of internet visitors, with the intent of taking the web site offline.
Attackers do that by secretly infecting computer systems, routers and Internet of Things-enabled devices, resembling thermostats, washing machines and different dwelling home equipment, with malware after which roping the zombie computer systems right into a botnet.
“With important programs uncovered to the web and insufficient safety, denial of service assaults can have an effect approach past taking an internet site down or stopping on-line transactions from going down,” Sean Newman, director of Corero Community Safety, advised the BBC.
“On this case, it was a service that was reportedly dropped at its knees, however outcomes for different organisations might embrace manufacturing processes being interrupted or halted, probably impacting productiveness, high quality and even security.
“This serves to focus on how any organisation, together with these which do not transact immediately with customers, might be critically impacted by denial of service assaults. With the extent of sophistication of at present’s attackers, and with out the newest technology of always-on, real-time automated DDoS safety, all organisations are susceptible to DDoS assaults of all sizes and durations.”
This isn’t the primary time that Ukraine’s postal service has been focused this yr – in June, Ukrposhta was hit by the NotPetya ransomware attacks, as a part of a wider nationwide assault on Ukrainian banks, the state energy supplier, tv stations and public transport companies.