The news: A spate of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against Ukraine’s government, at least two banks, and a web-hosting firm last week were carried out by Russian government-backed hackers, according to US and UK officials. In response, nations around the world rushed to shore up their own cybersecurity.
More on this: Days before Russian troops began entering Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region, triggering sanctions, cyberattacks temporarily took down Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense website and private sector websites, per ComputerWeekly.
Why it’s worth watching: The cyberattacks are a stark reminder that warfare is no longer limited to physical force but entails network assaults to cripple governments, critical infrastructure, financial services, healthcare, and the energy sector—escalating global volatility.
The FBI issued a report warning the US private sector to beef up cybersecurity in preparation for potential war in Eastern Europe, per Newsweek. The agency views defense contractors as primary targets, signaling that the threat extends far beyond Ukraine.
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