Cyber Attacks in Ukraine: Tense Relations With Russia
by anthonydm on February 2, 2017 - 11:41pm
Summary of BBC News article "Hackers caused power cut in western Ukraine – US" reported on January 12th 2016
Last December in western Ukraine, a power cut caused a blackout for 80,000 people in western Ukraine’s Prykarpattyaoblenergo utility, which is said to be the first acknowledged power outrage produced by a cyber attack.
The state security service in Ukraine has said that the attack came from hackers in Russia. Analysts have attributed the attack to be caused by a hacking group called "Sandworm Team" because of a certain malware called "BlackEnergy 3", which is their calling card. The incident was created by a type of hacking called "spear-phishing", which is a simple way to spread malware aimed at inviduals by making people open an email. When opened, the malware can spread over the computer and access it remotely.
A region that has been annexed by Vladimir Putin from Ukraine called Crimea has also had many power cuts since March last year, when Russians took their territory, and is being blamed by Russia to be the Ukrainians work.
This problem could be solved if Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko, the leaders of Russia and Ukraine would have better relations with each other’s countries. If there was more organisation with cyber crimes in Ukraine, this problem might not have happened. One should also be more educated with computers to know how to deflect viruses. There should also be better relationships between the West part of Ukraine, which is more leftist, and Russia, which is often categorized as a rightist country.
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