Hackers Bring Cyberwarfare to Ukrainian Crisis

Cyberwarfare” is raging during the current crisis between Russia and the Ukraine as hacker attacks cause “service interruptions“, database breaches, and the “defacing hundreds of Ukrainian and Russian websites“, according to an article published on the KESQ CBS News website. The article indicates that this type of “warfare” – digital or web-based actions – look  much like the “sabotage, espionage, armed confrontation and counter-propaganda” attacks that were common to the “resistance” that occurred within the “German-occupied countries during World War II.”

The article suggests that Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks can now be added to the warfare list since this type of event can “shut down key websites” and contribute to the “defacement of government websites, and breaching government or key industry networks to access sensitive documents and release them to the world.”  The report indicates that these factions can exploit social media outlets like Twitter and Instagram to “capture events in real-time” while using a website like YouTube to communicate information to promote “recruitment, training and propaganda.”

As the article parallels, today’s hackers know that no piece of software is “immune from being exploited” as no human cell is “immune to every virus” – leaving “the most powerful nations in the world” unable to “reliably defend their own information and communications infrastructure” from even a single hacker’s “targeted” attack. The report shows us that a modern “super resistance” – like that of World War II – now includes a band of “elite hackers” who have the ability to crack a “secure network”  making them comparable to a “militarized cyberwarfare unit.” As the report highlights, the tactics used in this level of warfare could prove to be more devastating which forces the need for an increase of dedicated “cyberdefense” forces.

Read more about this crisis in the full article and how nations around the globe observing this conflict are beginning to look more seriously at combating cyberwarfare.

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