Ukraine Hit With Three-Fold Increase In Cyberattacks

Russian hacking at times deployed alongside missile strikes
TOPSHOT - A picture taken on October 17, 2016 shows an employee walking behind a glass wall with machine coding symbols at the headquarters of Internet security giant Kaspersky in Moscow. / AFP / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY Thibault MARCHAND        (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • A senior figure in Ukraine’s cybersecurity agency reported that the country has been hit with triple the amount of cyberattacks in the last year.
  • Viktor Zhora, a leading figure in Ukraine’s SSSCIP agency, said Russian cyberattacks are often executed in the form of destructive, disk-erasing wiper malware, while “in some cases, cyberattacks support kinetic effects.”
  • SSSCIP recently released an analysis of Russia’s cyber strategy and determined that the cyberattacks on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure last fall were linked to Putin’s sustained bombing campaign.

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