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Ukraine’s army of hackers failed to thwart Russia and quickly gave up

When Russia invaded Ukraine, much was made of Ukraine’s voluntary “hacktivist” military, but an analysis of cyber-attacks against Russia suggests they achieved little more than tiny digital graffiti

Technology


September 1, 2022

The role of the digital battlefield in the war between Russia and Ukraine is unclear

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Ukraine’s acclaimed ‘hacktivist’ army halted cyber offensives against Russia just weeks after the war started, ultimately achieving very little, a new analysis shows.

Anh Vu at the University of Cambridge and colleagues analyzed the number of cyber attacks against Russian and Ukrainian targets in the first six months of 2022 to examine the evolution of the cyber war between the two nations.

The researchers used global databases to track the number of websites breached by hackers…

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