(Reuters) – The website of Russia’s Ministry of Construction, Housing and Public Works appeared to have been hacked, with an internet search for the site leading to an “Glory to Ukraine” sign in Ukrainian.
The Russian state news agency RIA quoted a representative of the ministry late Sunday as saying that the site was down but the users’ personal data was protected.
RIA said other media had reported that hackers demanded a ransom to prevent the disclosure of users’ data. Reuters could not determine which media were quoted by RIA.
Many Russian state-owned companies and news organizations have been hit by sporadic hacking attempts since Russia sent its armed forces to Ukraine on February 24.
Hack attacks in early May kept video hosting site RuTube offline for three days and changed satellite TV menus in Moscow on Victory Day, as Russia celebrated the 77th anniversary of the Soviet Union̵7;s victory over Nazi Germany.
Separately, Ukraine’s news agency UNIAN reported on Sunday that the broadcast of the football match between Ukraine and Wales by OLL.TV online was temporarily hacked. Reuters could not verify the report.
Moscow says it is conducting a “special military operation” to disarm Ukraine and protect it from fascists. Ukraine and Western countries dismiss Russia’s claims as a pretext for invading.