Ukrainian state telecommunication networks came under massive cyber attacks.
Along with the military intervention in Crimea, Russia has launched “combat operations” on the web by using viruses and cyber attacks.
Just in the first months of 2014 important state communication networks underwent 14 massive attacks by hackers, which is twice as many as in all of 2013. As the Corriere della Sera newspaper writes, referring to experts on cyber security, hackers could have used computer virus of new generation “Ouroboros,” named after the sacral symbol of a snake that devours its tail. The virus paralyzes data transfer, removes records and can provide hackers with “full access to the attacked system,” threatening national security. According to Nigel Inkster, an expert who previously collaborated with UK’s intelligence services, cyber attacks carried out by a group of hackers has been ordered by the Russian government.
Translated by Borys Vasylyshyn, edited by Mariana Budjeryn