The Netherlands wants to send cyber experts to Ukraine to help with the country’s cyber security. Prime Minister Rutte announced this on Wednesday during a press conference in Kiev with Ukrainian President Zelensky. Ukraine is considering aid from the Netherlands.
Hack attack by Russia
Last month, a major cyber attack took place on several Ukrainian government websites. The websites were shut down by hackers. The Ukrainian government says a hacker group with links to Belarus’s secret service is responsible for the hacking attack. The Ukrainian government sees the cyberattack as a form of hybrid warfare. The cyberwar between Ukraine and Russia has been going on since 2014.
Help with cyber attacks
Government parties VVD and D66 indicated two weeks ago that they want a Dutch cyber team to help Ukraine against hacking and cyber attacks from Russia. Mark Rutte offered Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during a press conference yesterday to help with possible cyber attacks.
During the joint press conference, Rutte indicated that everything must be done to prevent tensions between Ukraine and Russia from rising further. According to Rutte, Ukraine is vulnerable to cyber-attacks. The Netherlands has a lot of expertise to counter cyberattacks, says Rutte. The Netherlands has now pledged to be willing to send cybersecurity experts to Ukraine.
The Prime Minister indicates that President Zelensky is investigating whether it can use help from the Netherlands.
At the end of 2021, the United States and Britain also sent cyberwar experts to Ukraine to help the country defend itself against Russia.
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