Over 6,000 Russian websites targeted by pro-Ukraine hackers: officials

More than 6,000 Russian websites, including government web pages offering public services, have come under attack from hackers since the Kremlin invaded Ukraine on February 24, according to officials in Kyiv. 

More than 6,000 Russian websites have come under attack from pro-Ukrainian hackers since the Kremlin invaded Ukraine on February 24, according to officials in Kyiv.

More than 6,000 Russian websites have come under attack from pro-Ukrainian hackers since the Kremlin invaded Ukraine on February 24, according to officials in Kyiv.Image by Pexels from Pixabay

The pro-Ukrainian “IT army,” comprising some 250,000 “volunteer hackers from around the world,” has especially targeted Russian state websites, Ukraine’s Ministry of Digital Transformation has said.

As a result, Russians have been unable to carry out certain financial operations, enroll at universities, buy plane tickets and insurance services, among other inconveniences, Polish state news agency PAP reported.    

Moreover, Russia’s largest e-procurement platform Roseltorg, owned by the government of Moscow and VTB Bank, lost the confidential data of almost 500,000 users, according to Ukraine’s Ukrinform news agency.

Pro-Ukrainian hackers have also caused damage to Russia’s propaganda outlets, such as TV channels and websites, and the state space agency Roscosmos, the Ministry of Digital Transformation said. 

Hackathon for Ukraine 

Meanwhile, Ukraine’s defence ministry said last Friday it would coordinate efforts to step up cyber warfare against Russia, the PAP news agency reported. 

The defence ministry plans to hold a hackathon designed to coordinate the efforts of the IT sector to enhance cybersecurity and come up with new cyber technology solutions, said Deputy Defence Minister Oleh Haiduk.

Russia’s cyber warfare    

Meanwhile, the Canadian Centre for Cybersecurity warned last month that „Russian cyber operations have almost certainly sought to degrade, disrupt, destroy, or discredit Ukrainian government, military, and economic functions, secure footholds in critical infrastructure, and to reduce the Ukrainian public’s access to information.”

The centre said in a report: “We assess that Russian state-sponsored cyber threat actors will almost certainly continue to perform actions in support of the Russian military’s strategic and tactical objectives in Ukraine.”

It added: “We assess that Russia is almost certainly in the process of developing cyber capabilities against targets in the European Union (EU) and NATO.”

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Source: PAPukrinform.netcyber.gc.ca

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