Cyberattack (Representational Image) Photograph:( Reuters )
An official said that this is a "cyber-espionage group" affiliated with the special services of Belarus while commenting on UNC1151
In the aftermath of the cyberattack on Ukrainian government websites this week, Kyiv believes that a hacker group linked to Belarusian intelligence was behind it.
A senior Ukrainian security official said that the hacker used malware similar to that used by a group tied to Russian intelligence.
Serhiy Demedyuk, deputy secretary of the national security and defence council told Reuters that Ukraine blamed Friday's attack on a group known as UNC1151 and claimed that the cyberattack is a cover for more destructive actions behind the scenes.
"We believe preliminarily that the group UNC1151 may be involved in this attack," he said.
In the recent alarming cyberattack, a warning was splashed on websites to "be afraid and expect the worst" amid escalated Ukraine-Russia tensions after Russia has massed troops near Ukraine's borders.
Demedyuk said in written comments: "The defacement of the sites was just a cover for more destructive actions that were taking place behind the scenes and the consequences of which we will feel in the near future."
He said that this is a "cyber-espionage group" affiliated with the special services of Belarus while commenting on UNC1151.
Apart from Kyiv, the Western countries and diplomatic experts fear Moscow is planning a new military assault on Ukraine.
Russia has dismissed such fears as "unfounded" and the office of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko did not immediately respond.
Meanwhile, Microsoft Corp said in a blog post on Saturday it observed destructive malware in systems belonging to several Ukrainian government agencies and organisations.
Ukrainian government forces carried out exercises in eastern Ukraine on Thursday and on the other hand, Russia is preparing to create a pretext for a broader invasion of Ukraine, officials in Washington have warned.
They also said that Russia has already prepositioned operatives to conduct a "false flag operation".