Russia has invaded Ukraine on the ground. The digital invasion had started many days ago

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Russian tanks are already on Ukrainian soil, according to reports various media on the ground. The Government of Vladimir Putin acknowledged yesterday by night the independence of the breakaway republics of Donetsk and Lugansk and sent troops to the area to carry out “peacekeeping” functions. A physical invasion loaded with euphemisms that had already begun several weeks ago in the digital field, with successive allegedly Russian attacks against the websites of different official bodies in Ukraine and its two main banks.

sow chaos. The tactic is as old as war itself: sow chaos among the enemy ranks before launching the offensive, because the less cohesive the rival is, the greater the chances of victory. Divide and conquer. That is what the Ukrainian government points out that Russia has tried by virulently attacking its computer systems in mid-January and February, since they have been cyberattacks whose sole objectives were to destroy and confuse, without any economic purpose.

“The goal has been to destabilize and create a certain chaos in the daily life of Ukrainians,” said the Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine, Mykhailo Fedorov, on last week’s cyberattack. The Ukrainian Executive also pointed out that, although they could not confirm that their Russian namesake was behind the attacks, the country led by Vladimir Putin is the only one that may have an interest in a cyber attack of these characteristics. The United States thinks the same, but the Russian Federation has denied that it is involved.

The January cyberattack. The first large-scale attack on Ukraine recently took place in mid-January, targeting some 70 official Ukrainian government websites. On that occasion, the cyberattack was perpetrated through a malware called WhisperGatea malicious software that pretended to be ransomware, but that has a less sophisticated architecture and does not include a mechanism that allows the kidnapped files to be recovered if the cracker decides to release them, according to La Vanguardia reported.. Therefore, its sole purpose was to destroy or disable infected computers. Kiev then said that they had managed to recover from the attack within hours.

February cyber attack. The second major recent cyberattack against Ukraine took place last week, and this time it was a DDoS attack (distributed denial of service attack), which consists of rendering the attacked platforms inoperable by overloading their servers with requests. of access. The targets on this occasion were high-level public organizations related to the armed forces and diplomacy, such as the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defense or the website of the Ukrainian army, and the two main banks in the country.

In addition, the cyberattackers also sent mass SMS messages to bank customers indicating that the ATMs in their branches were inoperative, which was false. The Ukrainian police have indicated that the objective of those responsible for this attack was none other than misinformation to sow chaos, since they did not include any element that could link them to an attempted phishing scam.

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world danger. The Government of Ukraine has warned the world: if these attacks continue to be repeated, we will all pay the consequences. Kiev defends that at least 100 Fortune 500 companies (list of the 500 largest companies in the United States) partially depend on Ukrainian IT services, since the Eastern European country is one of the main destinations for technological outsourcing in the world, with close to of 200,000 highly qualified professionals, according to the ukrainian executive.

Therefore, they explain, attacks on Ukrainian systems could affect third parties that outsource services to companies in the country. Something that would not be unreasonable, since in 2017, when the last large-scale attack against the Ukrainian Administration took place before the aggression of last January, the NotPetya virus spread throughout the world from Ukrainian systems and paralyzed thousands of computers .

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Russian tanks are already on Ukrainian soil, according to reports various media on the ground. The Government of Vladimir Putin…

Russian tanks are already on Ukrainian soil, according to reports various media on the ground. The Government of Vladimir Putin…

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