Ukrainian hackers publish Surkov’s plans to destabilize Ukraine in coming months

Image: CyberHunta.com

Image: CyberHunta.com 

2016/10/26 • Analysis & Opinion, Politics, Russia

In a case where those who live by hacking may die by it, Vladislav Surkov, the Kremlin’s point man on Ukrainian policy, has had his computer hacked by Ukrainian activists who have now posted online two documents detailing on the Kremlin plans to destabilize Ukraine over the next five months.

Vladimir Putin with his adviser Vladislav Surkov

Vladimir Putin with his adviser Vladislav Surkov

A Ukrainian hacker group, CyberHunta, said yesterday that it had broken into the email account of Vladimir Surkov, Putin’s chief advisor on Ukraine and was now publishing two documents, one about Surkov’s plans for destabilizing Ukraine in the next three months and a second on forming a Trans-Carpathian “republic.”

While there is no way to independently confirm that the documents are in fact from Surkov’s email account, their level of specificity make them plausible and thus deserving of scrutiny. What will be potentially even more interesting is if CyberHunta publishes more such materials in the future as it promises to do.

The cover page of one of the documents published by the Ukrainian computer hacker group CyberHunta. The document is called "The Plan of Priority Actions to Destabilize the Social and Political Situation in Ukraine, code-named 'Awakened Bear'" (Image: CyberHunta.com)

The cover page of one of the documents published by the Ukrainian computer hacker group CyberHunta. The document is called “The Plan of Priority Actions to Destabilize the Social and Political Situation in Ukraine, code-named ‘Awakened Bear'” (Image: CyberHunta.com)

The first document is 15 pages long and lists a series of steps Russia should take between November 2016 and March 2017 to destabilize Ukraine and provoke new parliamentary and presidential elections. Among the steps listed are talks with Ukrainian opposition parties to organize protests in the form of a “Customs Maidan” in the second half of November.

Other measures include activating some deputies in the Ukrainian parliament to expand corruption probes of the Ukrainian president and his team, and perhaps most worrying of all, “to introduce among volunteers [promoting these measures] one’s own people in order to sow panic, provoke church marches, and develop separatism in the regions.”

The second, shorter document concerns Surkov’s ideas on how best to promote the formation of a Trans-Carpathian “republic” in cooperation with Hungarian groups in order to weaken Kyiv’s rule.


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  • Alex George

    So much for the Kremlin’s alleged superiority in cyber-security!