Live updates: Russia’s war in Ukraine

Live updates: Russia’s war in Ukraine

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The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has neutralized more than 4,500 cyber attacks against the country this year, an official said on Monday.

Ilya Vityuk, head of the SBU’s cybersecurity department, said in a statement that Ukraine “entered 2022 with eight years of hybrid warfare experience behind it,” adding that “at the time of the invasion, we were already ready for the most -the bad scenarios’.

“And the massive cyberattacks we repelled in January and February became additional ‘training’ before the invasion,” he said.

The scale of cyberattacks is now much larger, especially compared to previous years, he said. In 2020, nearly 800 cyberattacks were recorded, while in 2021 they jumped to 1,400, and in 2022, the number more than tripled.

“Today, the aggressor country launches an average of over 10 cyberattacks per day. Fortunately, Ukrainian society doesn’t even know about most of them,” Vytiuk said.

He added that the attackers are most likely targeting energy, logistics, military facilities, government databases and information resources.

“We monitor risks and threats in real time 24/7. Most of the hackers from the Russian special services working against us, we know them by name. We are working on documenting them,” Wittick said, saying they would be heard before a future international military tribunal.

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