Since Russia invaded Ukraine with tanks, the country has been increasingly targeted by Russian state hackers. There are also more and more cyber attacks on the vital sector. Not only in Ukraine, but also abroad. This is unacceptable and could potentially escalate the situation further.
The European Commission writes this in a press statement.
Ukraine, EU and NATO target of Russian hackers
It has been almost five months since the first Russian tanks invaded Ukraine. Since then, war has not only been raging on the ground: there has also been plenty of fighting in cyberspace. According to the Ukrainian cybersecurity agency SSSCIP, 796 cyber attacks have been carried out on the country since the start of the war. The public sector, the defense apparatus, financial institutions, commercial organizations and energy suppliers are the main targets.
Not only Ukraine is a favorite target for Russian hackers. NATO countries are also attacked. Microsoft calculations show that 128 organizations in 42 countries have been attacked by hackers since last February. The US is the main target of hackers, but Poland was also often hit by digital attacks. This is because humanitarian and military aid is provided to Ukraine from that country.
European Commission condemns cyber attacks by Russian hackers
The European Commission is responding to the many cyber attacks on EU Member States. In a press release, the executive board of the EU says it is concerned about the many cyber attacks. “This proliferation of malicious cyber activities, in the context of the war against Ukraine, creates unacceptable risks of spillover effects, misinterpretation and potential escalation.”
The European Commission says several DDoS attacks have recently been carried out against several EU member states and partners claimed by pro-Russian hacker groups. That is “another example of heightened and tense cyber threats” that the Commission is observing.
“We strongly condemn this unacceptable behavior in cyberspace and express our solidarity with all countries that have been affected. We remain determined to address and investigate malicious cyber activities that harm international peace, security and stability, including the security of the European Union and its Member States, their democratic institutions, citizens, businesses and civil society.” Commission.
‘Take appropriate measures to protect vital infrastructure’
The Executive Board of the EU calls on all Member States to take appropriate measures against malicious cyber activities carried out from Russia. The Member States must take preventive measures to protect vital infrastructure. “We underline our continued support for strengthening international cyber resilience, improving cyber threat preparedness and mitigating attacks.”
The European Commission says it is monitoring the situation closely and is ready to take any further steps to “prevent and counter malicious behavior in cyberspace”.
EU and Russia warn each other of the dangers of cyber attacks
Russia and the EU have been accusing each other of carrying out cyber attacks for months. At the end of March, Russia warned of cyber aggression from Western countries . According to the Kremlin, that is the work of “an army of cyber mercenaries” and “anonymous hackers and provocateurs” trained by the US and other NATO countries. Putin warned hackers not to go to war with Russia.
“There can be no doubt that the cyber-aggression unleashed against Russia will have serious consequences for the instigators and the perpetrators. The source of the attacks will be traced. The attackers will inevitably bear responsibility for their actions, in accordance with the requirements of the law,” Russia’s foreign ministry said in a statement. In May, therefore, President Putin promised to step up his country’s cyber defenses.
At about the same time, the European Council condemned Russia’s “evil activities” against Ukraine. In particular, the attack against the satellite network KA-SAT caused a lot of bad blood. It also had an impact on other EU countries. The Council is concerned that the ‘systematic consequences of the attacks will endanger the security of European citizens. “The European Union, in close cooperation with its partners, is considering further steps to prevent, deter, deter and address such malicious behavior in cyberspace,” the Council said in a statement.
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