War in Ukraine: Ukrainian nuclear operator denounces “unprecedented” Russian cyberattack against its site

“On August 16, 2022, the most powerful cyberattack since the start of the Russian invasion took place against the official Energoatom website,” the operator said on Telegram. The site “was attacked from Russian territory,” he added.

The Russian group “People’s Cyber ​​Army” used 7.25 million internet robots which attacked the Energoatom site for three hours, assured the Ukrainian company, according to which this hacking attempt “did not have a considerable impact on the work of the Energoatom site”.

The Telegram channel called “People’s Cyber ​​Army” in Russian called on its supporters at midday to attack the Energoatom site.

In the evening, she announced a “change”, now designating as a target the Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance, whose site was encountering difficulties.

These attacks come amid tension around the Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Zaporijjia, located in the south of the country and occupied by Russian troops since March, shortly after Moscow launched the invasion of its neighbor.

Several strikes of which Moscow and kyiv accuse each other have targeted this installation, the largest in Europe, raising fears of a nuclear disaster.

Ukraine has four nuclear power plants which, before the invasion, provided about half of the electricity production of this vast country, located on the border of the European Union.

Then a Soviet republic, Ukraine had already been the scene of the worst nuclear disaster in history in 1986, when a reactor at its Chernobyl power plant (north) exploded, contaminating much of Europe.

kyiv shut down the last operational Chernobyl reactor in 2000. After the invasion began last February, Russian troops seized the facility and the highly radioactive area surrounding it for several weeks within a radius of 30 kilometers.

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