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In Ukraine, a Massive Hack Fuels Fears of Russian Cyberattacks

MIN READJan 19, 2022 | 22:13 GMT

A combination of photos created on Jan. 11, 2022, shows Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (right) at separate press conferences.

A combination of photos created on Jan. 11, 2022, shows Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (right) at separate press conferences.

(VALERY SHARIFULIN, BERTRAND GUAY/AFP via Getty Images)

Cyberattacks will remain a critical component of Russia’s hybrid campaign in Ukraine as an early lever to escalate tensions between the two countries, keeping cyber risks elevated in Ukraine for the foreseeable future. Between Jan. 13-14, an unknown group of hackers defaced around 70 Ukrainian government websites with a message in Ukrainian, Russian and Polish that read "All information about you has become public, be afraid and expect the worst." The extent of Russia’s involvement in the massive cyberattack is still unclear, but the campaign began almost immediately after talks between Russia and Western officials over Ukraine ended in failure on Jan. 12. ...

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