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posted by janrinok on Saturday January 22 2022, @09:47AM   Printer-friendly

How a Russian cyberwar in Ukraine could ripple out globally:

The knock-on effects for the rest of the world might not be limited to  intentional reprisals by Russian operatives. Unlike old-fashioned war, cyberwar is not confined by borders and can more easily spiral out of control.

Ukraine has been on the receiving end of aggressive Russian cyber operations for the last decade and has suffered invasion and military intervention from Moscow since 2014. In 2015 and 2016, Russian hackers attacked Ukraine's power grid and turned out the lights in the capital city of Kyiv— unparalleled acts that haven't been carried out anywhere else before or since.

The 2017 NotPetya cyberattack, once again ordered by Moscow, was directed initially at Ukrainian private companies before it spilled over and destroyed systems around the world.

NotPetya masqueraded as ransomware, but in fact it was a purely destructive and highly viral piece of code. The destructive malware seen in Ukraine last week, now known as WhisperGate, also pretended to be ransomware while aiming to destroy key data that renders machines inoperable. Experts say WhisperGate is "reminiscent" of NotPetya, down to the technical processes that achieve destruction, but that there are notable differences. For one, WhisperGate is less sophisticated and is not designed to spread rapidly in the same way. Russia has denied involvement, and no definitive link points to Moscow.

NotPetya incapacitated shipping ports and left several giant multinational corporations and government agencies unable to function. Almost anyone who did business with Ukraine was affected because the Russians secretly poisoned software used by everyone who pays taxes or does business in the country.

The White House said the attack caused more than $10 billion in global damage and deemed it "the most destructive and costly cyberattack in history."

There can be no 'winners' - but are we even ready to defend ourselves against a cyberwar?

Previously:
(2019-02-18) Cyber Insurance claims NotPetya was an act of war
(2017-07-11) Original Petya Master Decryption Key Released


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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by khallow on Saturday January 22 2022, @12:57PM (7 children)

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Saturday January 22 2022, @12:57PM (#1214769) Journal

    Neither does the article seem to consider that Ukies may not be competent to keep their infrastructure in operation.

    I think that's a fair assumption to ignore. Keep in mind that most parts of the world are just as incompetent, but they don't have repetitive, destructive cyber attacks.

    And if the Ukraine really is getting repeatedly beat on by state-level actors (which if we're honest, sure looks like what's going on), merely having competence isn't going to be enough.

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  • (Score: 1) by fustakrakich on Saturday January 22 2022, @06:27PM (6 children)

    by fustakrakich (6150) on Saturday January 22 2022, @06:27PM (#1214830) Journal

    And if the Ukraine really is getting repeatedly beat on by state-level actors (which if we're honest, sure looks like what's going on)

    Yeah, but you don't know which state, since every lead up to war is packed with lies

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    • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 22 2022, @06:52PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 22 2022, @06:52PM (#1214837)

      Russia is softening them up in preparation for invasion. Nobody else has an interest in spending the resources required to maintain attacks at this level.

    • (Score: 1) by khallow on Saturday January 22 2022, @07:42PM (4 children)

      by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Saturday January 22 2022, @07:42PM (#1214853) Journal
      Sounds like we'll have to look for evidence then rather than narratives. Here, there's not much to show for that breathless "lead up to war" or the false flag narrative you're implying. For example, nobody kicked any puppies. That's classic if cliched story telling How else do you know someone's the bad guy in a few minutes or less?
      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 23 2022, @12:14AM (3 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 23 2022, @12:14AM (#1214885)

        The reason is clear: to deny Russia access to Black Sea ports by forcing them out of Crimea. This is just a continuing play of the US domination of the globe, encirclemant and suppression of adversaries.

        • (Score: 1) by khallow on Sunday January 23 2022, @12:38AM

          by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Sunday January 23 2022, @12:38AM (#1214897) Journal

          The reason is clear: to deny Russia access to Black Sea ports by forcing them out of Crimea. This is just a continuing play of the US domination of the globe, encirclemant and suppression of adversaries.

          Is there anyone other than Russia that would have a problem with that? My bet is that if Russia had been a nice adversary in the first place - at least to the Ukraine, they'd be invited to Sevastopol. No need for these power games.

        • (Score: 2) by captain normal on Sunday January 23 2022, @03:36AM

          by captain normal (2205) on Sunday January 23 2022, @03:36AM (#1214918)

          Russia has a huge navy port at Novorossiysk. Crimea is actually poorly suited for a Naval Base.

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        • (Score: 2) by driverless on Monday January 24 2022, @06:11AM

          by driverless (4770) on Monday January 24 2022, @06:11AM (#1215212)

          The reason is clear: to deny Russia access to Black Sea ports by forcing them out of Crimea.

          This is an odd statement, he's speaking like a Russian troll but is displaying an American's lack of knowledge of geography. A.... Russian/American?