Russia Announces Cyber War To Punish

During these unprecedented times Russia has declared Cyber War on 10 Countries.

War on Poland

Russia has launched an attack on Poland bringing down key government websites disrupting the countries key operations. This is possibly the next target for Russia to declare war on this attack was conducted by Killnet one site through brought down was the government tax website.

Their previous target

During the past two weeks Killnet has been attacking Lithuania bombarding government and business websties with DDOS attacks. DDOS is the practice of flooding websites with internet traffic which results in the site being overwhelmed and crashing. These are often used to enable other attacks from being picked up on early. These attacks were conducted as the Lithuanian government blocked the transport of key materials such as coal over their territory to Russia.

Why Poland?

As the war began between Russia and Ukraine Poland has been a staunch defender of Ukraine and strongly opposed Russia. The Polish government has asked the EU to end its reliance on resources from Russia. Over three million refugees from Ukraine have been hosted in Poland.

Cyber war targets

The ten countries that have been targeted are : USA, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Romania, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland and Ukraine.

The common theming around these declarations are countries that border or are very close to Russian and significant global powers that are a threat to the regime and attacks. It is known that key countries listed such as the USA, Great Britain and Germany have significant power on the global scale and can collectively stand up to Russia.

What will they target?

It is clear that government websites and sources are the main target for Killnet. However they are often going for entire infrastructure in the case of Lithuania. Sanctions are destroying the Russian economy however the target for these next attacks could be aimed at this.

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Alex Cunningham
Alex Cunningham
Alex is an information governance graduate, his main role is to support clients on how to help mitigate information security risks. Having recently graduated with a degree in Cyber Security with a focus on user-based security issues and risks. Alex enjoys playing video games, watching movies and going outside to visit new places with his dog Ruby.
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