Attacks by Ukrainian volunteer hackers 'blurring the subject of retaliation'

It is known that during the war between Russia and Ukraine, Ukrainian citizens volunteered to hack for the country and launched cyber attacks targeting Russia. Experts warned about this, 'the subject of retaliation will be ambiguous and the scope of harm will increase.' Explains the problems of the behavior of amateur hackers.

Volunteer Hackers Converge on Ukraine Conflict With No One in Charge --The New York Times

Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minister Fedorov has professed to form an 'IT army' in his country. The IT army has set up a dedicated channel on Telegram, a messaging service, to solicit the participation of the general public, create a list of attack destinations called 'tasks', and conduct cyber attacks on the Russian government and companies.

On the main page of the IT army, the software necessary to hide the identity and how to participate in the attack are explained over 14 pages, and even people without specialized knowledge can support. Approximately 290,000 people, including Ukrainians living at home and abroad and people from other countries of interest, participate in the channel, and organizations such as Sberbank, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation, and the Russian search engine Yandex have already participated.・ It is reported that the group has been damaged.

Many sites such as Russian government agencies went down after the formation of the Ukrainian 'IT army' --GIGAZINE

However, experts warned that such behavior 'could have a very serious impact on civilians.' Online battles blur the line between state-sponsored hackers and amateur hackers, who are the attackers, and who Russia should be retaliated against. As a result, it has been pointed out that retaliation by Russia may extend not only to government agencies but also to public services, infrastructure and private companies.

In fact, a Russian Telegram channel is where pro-Russian hackers are planning to attack the Ukrainian government's website, which has access to Ukrainian driver's licenses, passports and other digital documents. The ransomware group, also known as Conti, has announced support for Russia: 'If someone decides to organize a cyberattack or war activity against Russia, we will counterattack the enemy's critical infrastructure. We will use as much resources as possible in order to do so. '

Alex Holden, CEO of cybersecurity firm Hold Security, said, 'Cyber attacks by Russian government-backed amateurs are likely to be severe. Russian government and pro-Russian groups are preparing retaliation for many targets. I have. '

in Security, Posted by log1p_kr