The clash between the IT armies of Ukraine and Russia

Every day at 5 is local time the channel the “Telegram” of the IT Army of hackers of Ukraine has updated the list of targets.

Orders for new purposes arrive like clockwork, according to the technology publication “Wired”. A group of volunteers is blocking Russian websites through intense coordinated denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks that flood traffic requests and make them inaccessible.

Online payment services, government services, airlines, and food delivery companies – are just a few of the activities subjected to constant attacks by Ukrainian hackers aimed at disrupting daily life in Russia.

Ukraine against Russia

Orders for new purposes arrive on time. The actions of organized cyber fighters are only part of the picture. Since Russia invaded Ukraine in late February, the aggressor country has been inundated with an unprecedented wave of hacking. And in addition to the local IT army, activists and programmers from around the world are also focusing on Russia and its business.

DDoS attacks make up the majority of the action, but experts have also noticed the activity of specially designed malware designed to look for bugs in Russian systems, which can lead to far more complex attacks.

Russia against Ukraine

Of course, such malicious activity is observed in the opposite direction. On Wednesday, Microsoft said it had spotted at least six different Kremlin-linked hacker groups. They have conducted nearly 240 cyber operations against Ukrainian targets, and data from the technology giant reveal a significantly wider range of alleged Russian cyberattacks since the start of the war against Ukraine than before.

“Cyberattacks from Russia are linked, including sometimes directly, to its actual military operations,” CN Vice President Tom Burt was quoted as saying by CNN.

Burt cites the hacking actions against the Ukrainian TV company on March 1, the same day that the TV tower in Kyiv was hit by Russian missiles, as well as malicious emails sent to Ukrainians falsely claiming that the Ukrainian government was “abandoning” them. “against the background of the Russian siege of Mariupol.

NATO officials David Cutler and Daniel Black also reported a series of alleged Russian data-wielding attacks against Ukrainian organizations over several weeks.

However, Ukrainian authorities say they have seen a decline in the activity of Russian attacks. As well as the success of cyber-strikes.

“Recently, the quality of cyber-attacks has declined because the enemy cannot prepare as much as he was able to prepare before,” Yuri Shchikhol, head of the State Special Communications Service, said in a statement on April 20th. protection of information of Ukraine, quoted by “Wired”. “Now the enemy spends most of their time defending because their systems have also been shown to be vulnerable,” he added.

And CNN quoted Viktor Zhora, deputy head of Ukraine’s cybersecurity government agency, as saying to reporters on Wednesday:

“Ukraine, unfortunately, has been something of a testing ground for cyber weapons for the last eight years. And now we see that some tried and tested technologies or some of the attacks on Ukrainian infrastructure are being seen in other countries.”

“Russian hackers continue to be dangerous. They continue to threaten democracies and Ukrainian cyberspace. However, I do not think they can deploy their cyber-fighters on a larger scale or use any completely new technologies that could attack Ukrainian infrastructure.”, finished Jora.

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