Ukraine will form an “IT army” to combat Russian cyber-attacks, Vice Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov announced on Saturday. According to Reuters, the country has created a hacker underground to help secure critical infrastructure and execute cyber spying missions against Russian forces. Fedorov remarked in a Tweet that linked to a Telegram channel that released a list of significant Russian websites, “We are establishing an IT army.” “Everyone will be assigned a task. On the cyber front, we continue to fight. The first duty is on the channel for cyber specialists,” according to the Telegram channel, which listed the websites of 31 significant Russian companies and government agencies, including energy giant Gazprom, Russia’s second-largest oil company Lukoil, three banks, and a few government websites. On Saturday, Kremlin.ru, the Kremlin’s official website and that of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s office, was brought offline in what seemed to be a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. According to analysts at the cybersecurity firm ESET, malicious data-wiping software was spotted circulating in Ukraine last week, affecting hundreds of PCs. Suspicion fell on Russia, which has been accused of hacking Ukraine and other countries on several occasions. Government entities and financial institutions were among the victims. Russian military hackers, according to Britain and the United States, were behind a wave of DDoS attacks last week that briefly took down Ukrainian banking and government websites before the Russian invasion. Steel consumption to rise as a result of government programs and schemes: Singh The charges have been refuted by Russia.
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Here’s how the Ukrainian IT army plans to take on Russian cyberspace during the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
Ukraine has established a hacker underground to assist in the protection of key infrastructure and the performance of cyber surveillance missions against Russian forces.