Ukrainian postal service hit by cyberattack after selling ‘Russian warship, fuck off’ stamp

The startling and memorable audio clip of a Ukrainian soldier on Snake Island refusing to surrender to a Russian warship is commemorated.

What happened: The men defending the island were thought to have been killed after being threatened with attack, but instead Russian soldiers took Ukrainian troops prisoner and eventually freed them in a prisoner exchange in Moscow .

After the clash, the Lviv-based artist Boris Groh created a drawing of the Ukrainian soldier telling the Russian ship to “fuck you”, which was entered into a contest organized by the Ukrainian National Postal Service (Ukrposhta) to honor the soldiers.

The design, which caught the attention of the Ukrainian government and President Volodymyr Zelenskywon the competition and was made into a stamp.

While Ukrposhta announced last week that it had sold more than a million copies of the stamp, the design’s popularity has also sparked a cyberattack on Ukraine’s national postal service.

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Why is this important: The Postal Service said Friday it was hit by a DDoS (distributed system denial) attack from an unknown source while apologizing to customers who want to purchase the commemorative stamp.

“Dear customers! The DDoS attack on our systems continues as of now. And although we were able to partially restore them, today the Internet [and] store will not work. We will announce the resumption of work in advance,” Ukrposhta posted on Facebook.

Although Moscow has disputed reports of cyberattacks, Ukraine’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) has reported 60 separate intrusions since the war began on February 24.

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Laura J. Boyer