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Hackers Bring Cyberwarfare to Ukrainian Crisis

by: Bryon Turcotte  /  March 26, 2014

"Cyberwarfare_" is raging during the current crisis between Russia and Ukraine as hacker attacks cause "_service interruptions\, "database breaches, and the "_defacing hundreds of Ukrainian and Russian websites_, "according to an_ article published on the KESQ CBS News website. The article indicates that this type of "warfare" – digital or web-based actions – look much like the "_sabotage, espionage, armed confrontation, and counter-propaganda_" attacks that were common to the "_resistance_" that occurred within the "_German-occupied countries during World War II."

The article suggests that Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks can now be added to the warfare list since this type of event can "shut down key websites_" and contribute to the "_defacement of government websites, and breaching government or key industry networks to access sensitive documents and release them to the world." In addition, the report indicates that these factions can exploit social media outlets like Twitter and Instagram to "capture events in real-time_" while using a website like YouTube to communicate information to promote "_recruitment, training, and propaganda."

As the article parallels, today's hackers know that no piece of software is "immune from being exploited_" as no human cell is "_immune to every virus_" – leaving "_the most powerful nations in the world_" unable to "_reliably defend their information and communications infrastructure_" from even a single hacker's "_targeted_" attack. The report shows us that a modern "_super resistance_" – like that of World War II – now includes a band of "elite hackers" who can crack a "_secure network_" making them comparable to a "_militarized cyberwarfare unit." As the report highlights, the tactics used in this level of warfare could prove to be more devastating, which forces the need for an increase of dedicated "_cyber defense_" forces.

Read more about this crisis in the complete article and how nations around the globe observing this conflict are beginning to look more seriously at combating cyber warfare.

Written by Bryon Turcotte  /  March 26, 2014