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Ukraine-Russia Cyber Warfare is evolving and Kyiv is winning

Ukraine-Russia Cyber ​​Warfare is evolving and Kyiv is winning. IT Army of Ukraine targets SCADA PLCs

Russia is losing cyber warfare against Ukraine, albeit outnumbered on paper. In the graph of CyberKnow on Twitter, relative to September 8, it emerges that the pro-Moscow hacker groups are 43, while those who support Kyiv stop at 35. Moreover, these days it is the largest cyber army ever reached by Vladimir Putin since the beginning of the invasion of the European country. Despite this, however, it is Russia that is suffering the worst damage. Several factories were put out of action by volunteers from the IT Army of Ukraine. Furthermore, by pretending to be attractive women on social networks, the pro-Kyiv volunteers managed to deceive the enemy soldiers, having photos sent from the camp, from which the geo-location coordinates were extracted to hit them.

#OpRussia’s Anonymous attacks every day with DDoS, the same weapon used by pro-Russian hackers like Killnet

At the same time, the groups linked to Anonymous within the #OpRussia block the institutional and commercial sites of the Federation every day for hours with waves of DDoS attacks, often also exfiltrating sensitive data, which is then disseminated in the clear. DDoS are also the weapon used primarily by pro-Moscow hackers, led by Killnet, to target nations allied with Ukraine. The latest in chronological order is Japan. There are also several Russian-based cyber espionage attempts, but so far they have all been intercepted.

This is why Ukraine is winning cyber warfare against Russia

Ukrainian and Russian cyber warfare differs fundamentally in one element: while pro-Moscow hackers have to hit a multitude of targets, those near Kyiv have only one. Furthermore, despite operating essentially in two groups (IT Army of Ukraine and Anonymous), the volunteers are almost one million. As a result, cyber attacks on the Federation are often too many in number and variety to be thwarted. The conflict, however, is evolving rapidly. Until recently, disruptive actions in the cyber war on both sides were essentially characterized by DDoS attacks. Today, however, they also aim to sabotage the SCADA PLCs of factories to block their operations. And who is paying the price is Russia, evidently not equipped with effective cybersecurity solutions against this new threat.

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