August 12, 2022

Volume XII, Number 224

Advertisement
Advertisement

August 11, 2022

Subscribe to Latest Legal News and Analysis

August 10, 2022

Subscribe to Latest Legal News and Analysis

August 09, 2022

Subscribe to Latest Legal News and Analysis

Hackers Target Russia in Support Of Ukraine

The world has rallied around Ukraine since Russian forces invaded this past week, including, it seems, hackers. The hacktivist collective Anonymous, which gained prominence between 2008 and 2014 with a series of high-profile politically motivated cyberattacks against such disparate groups as the Church of Scientology and PayPal, has come out of the woodwork once again by declaring “war” on the Russian government. In a statement released on Twitter, Anonymous took responsibility for hijacking the Russian state television channel and replacing it with the Ukrainian national anthem playing over an image of the Ukrainian flag. The group also took responsibility for a distributed denial of service attack against RT, the Russian state news agency. And, in a personal jab at Russian President Putin, Anonymous hackers updated international maritime records to rename Putin’s personal yacht “FCKPTN” and change its destination to “Hell.” They also changed the yacht’s documented course to show it crashing into Snake Island, the site of a Ukrainian military installation that has become a symbol of Ukrainian resistance.

Ukraine seems to welcome these efforts. A Ukrainian startup called Cyber Unit Technologies has reportedly offered hackers a $100,000 bounty in exchange for exposing Russian cyber vulnerabilities and taking down Russian websites. Similarly, Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine, Mykhailo Fedorov, announced that Ukraine would be recruiting an “IT army” of cyber specialists to destabilize the Russian invasion. And, in an ironic twist for readers of this blog, a Belarusian ransomware group reportedly used their capabilities to disrupt Russian troop movement by shutting down a train network.

It’s too early to tell whether these efforts will pay off for Ukraine. However, the outpouring of international support has bolstered Ukraine’s defenders’ morale as they enter their second week of successfully repelling the invasion. Whatever the outcome, observers should be moved to see hackers and government officials coming together for a common cause.

This post was authored by Blair Robinson, legal intern at Robinson+Cole. Blair is not yet admitted to practice law.

Copyright © 2022 Robinson & Cole LLP. All rights reserved.National Law Review, Volume XII, Number 63
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

About this Author

Our lawyers are knowledgeable about data collection technology, including the use of cookies. We also understand the value of collecting and using data for marketing and other strategic purposes.

We are well versed in data breach response, remediation, coordination, and litigation, including investigations by the U.S. Office of Civil Rights and state AGs.

We actively attend and speak at FTC, state AG, and industry-sponsored workshops and programs on data privacy and security developments, cases, trends, and agendas. We...

401.709.3353
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement