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Ukraine fires high cybersecurity officers

The Ukrainian authorities has fired two of its most senior cybersecurity officers following accusations of alleged embezzlement.

Yurii Shchyhol, head of Ukraine’s Ukraine’s State Particular Communications Service of Ukraine, or SSSCIP, and his deputy Victor Zhora (pictured), who served as deputy chairman and chief digital transformation officer at SSSCIP, had been each dismissed by the federal government, in accordance with senior cupboard official Taras Melnychuk in a public submit on Telegram.

Melnychuk didn’t give a motive for the dismissals.

SSSCIP confirmed in an announcement on Monday that Ukraine’s cupboard had appointed Dmytro Makovskyi because the performing head of SSSCIP, citing an ongoing investigation by Ukraine’s Nationwide Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU). NABU mentioned in a press launch  that a number of members of senior SSSCIP management are accused of misusing and embezzling greater than $62 million in state funds.

When reached for remark, Zhora instructed TechCrunch: “I’ve nothing so as to add to SSSCIP assertion in the mean time. I’ll defend my title and repute in a courtroom.”

Shchyhol couldn’t be instantly reached for remark.

Reuters first reported the departures. SSSCIP didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. It’s not clear whether or not U.S. cybersecurity company CISA, an in depth associate of the Ukrainian authorities and SSSCIP, was conscious of the firing or given prior discover. A CISA spokesperson didn’t reply on the time of writing.

U.S. officers have lengthy touted their shut relationship with SSSCIP and Zhora, particularly. Zhora and CISA director Jen Easterly signed a memorandum of understanding between the U.S. and Ukrainian governments months after Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.

Zhora was most not too long ago within the U.S. to offer a keynote speech at cybersecurity convention Cyberwarcon. Earlier this yr, Zhora and Easterly had been interviewed collectively on stage on the Black Hat safety convention in Las Vegas.

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Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai contributed reporting.

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