Russia withdraws troops from Ukraine only to lodge cyber war

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Russia announced on Tuesday that it is going to withdraw troops from the borders of Ukraine hinting that it is planning negotiations, as war can lead to economic and human loss on both sides.

However, just within hours of its announcement, the Putin led nation seems to have launched a hybrid war in the form of cyber attacks on Ukraine as most of the websites, including banks and defense ministry, were down because of a sophisticated digital attack.

Ukraine experienced most of the internet glitches in the evening on Tuesday and came to a conclusion that the country became a target for a foreign invasion from one of its neighboring countries.

It is a well-known fact that cyber attacks, digital espionage through malware, fake news spread, disruption of communication and critical systems such as power and DDoS attacks were a routine in the weaponry developed and used by Russian Federation.

And so the disruption of web services of PrivatBank, Oschad, and the State Savings Bank of Ukraine and the websites of the Ministry of Defense and armed services could be linked to the hybrid war launched by Kremlin.

From the past 4 hours, some transactions of a few of the banking apps were restored. But most of the sites in Kyiv were disrupted with denial of service attacks.

Note- A couple of weeks ago, a similar incident targeted some of the digital services in Ukraine affecting websites offering critical services. At that time, the media around the world came to an opinion that such a digital war was a sign waived by Russia to start an Invasion.

 

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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