Romania one of 6 EU countries to send experts to help Ukraine deal with cyber threats


Romania is one of six European Union countries that is ending a team of cybersecurity experts to Ukraine to help deal with cyber threats.

The move came after Russia formally recognized two breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine, Lithuania’s deputy defense minister said on Tuesday, Reuters reported.

In response to a request from Ukraine on Monday, Lithuania, Netherlands, Romania, Poland, Estonia, and Croatia will send the team of experts they set up earlier to help other EU countries, institutions and partners to cope with cyber threats, the deputy defense minister Margiris Abukevicius said.

„Ukraine might need help to deal with particular incidents or support to test their infrastructure looking for security weakness”, he told Reuters, News. ro reported.

Russian military hackers were behind a raft of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks that briefly knocked Ukrainian banking and government websites offline, the U.S and Britain said on Friday.

Russia has denied any role in the DDoS. They inflicted relatively limited disruption on Tuesday last week.

UK Defense Minister Ben Wallace said on Monday that British cyber experts are working with Ukraine to help to protect it from Russian activity.

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