March
07
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Cyber-Attacks Hit Ukraine as Russians Occupy Crimea

The recent occupation of Ukrainian territory by Russian military forces has spawned many “cyberattacks” – which include the disabling and defacing of websites with “pro-Russia propaganda messages“, and the overall disruption of  the region’s “communication networks“, according to an article published by The Web Hosting Industry Review website. These acts of “hacktivism“within the Crimean peninsula, according to the article, are prompted mostly from “social, political and religious issues”  that come from “both sides” of the conflict. The article noted that a “Ukrainian hacktivist group” known as “Cyber-Berkut” reportedly “claimed responsibility for vandalizing 40 websites since the dispute began.”

The primary tool behind many acts of “hacktivism” is the Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack which, according to the article, is used to “overwhelm servers with a large number of requests so that legitimate traffic can’t reach sites.” Chris Risley, CEO of Defense.net, a DDoS mitigation provider, commented in the article that these actions have been “responsible for many of the largest volume DDoS attacks.Defense.net‘s CTO Barrett Lyon feels the the term “hacktivism” is a very “misleading” term as he comments in the article saying, “What you’re doing is cutting off internet access to somebody, and saying it’s okay for anyone to make a decision on who’s online and who’s not. It actually goes against the whole cause of an open internet.

Read more in the full article what the experts say about this conflict, its technological weapons and how both sides are doing their best to use the “hacktivism” tactic and gain ground.

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