Defacement of Government Websites

On January 14, 2022 Orthodox New Year, over 70 Ukrainian government websites were defaced with political imagery and a statement in Russian, Ukrainian, and Polish before going down temporarily. Most sites were restored within hours. The attack  crippled much of the government’s public-facing digital infrastructure, including the most widely used site for handling government services online, Diia. Diia also has a role in Ukraine’s coronavirus response and in encouraging vaccination. It also crippled the sites of the Cabinet of Ministers, and the ministries of energy, sports, agriculture, veterans’ affairs, and ecology.