• In the months leading up to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the country was laying the groundwork for cyberwar.
• But Ukraine is fighting back with the support of its own underground hacking community and hackers from beyond its borders playing a part in interfering with Russian operations and trying to stall the invading country’s momentum.
Cyberattacks have been used by hacktivists in the past to wage political and ethical battles for years. But in the days following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is taking cyberwarfare to a new level. Months before to Russia’s February 24th military invasion of Ukraine, Russia took to cyberspace to infiltrate and in some cases destabilize networks within its neighbor. Reports of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks allegedly initiated by Russia surfaced the week before the invasion, flooding the networks of Ukraine’s defense ministry and two banks. The attacks against the banks were launched in two waves, with the first interrupting service. The second stage involved text messages to clients telling them the bank was no longer functioning.
And there are indicators that Russia had breached Ukraine’s months before and was lying in wait to attack, installing data wiper malware on hundreds of computers In Ukraine. The wiper malware can delete all files from a computer, essentially making the computer unusable.Continue reading “Cyberwarfare in the Digital Age: Ukraine vs. Russia”