These attacks are consistent with other cyber activity targeted at Ukraine by Russia, says Jamie MacColl, research fellow in cyber threats at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI). “This definitely fits within a pattern of making life difficult for citizens and the government by not allowing them to access important services,” he says.
Tech Monitor has reported on the ongoing cyber warfare campaign perpetrated by Russia against targets in Ukraine, and these latest attacks should not be seen in isolation, RUSI’s MacColl says. “These attacks have never really stopped,” he says. “I think it’s important to bear in mind that it’s not the imminent threat of invasion that has spurred on Russian cyber activity against Ukraine, it has been going on for eight years.” He adds: “There will continue to be cyber incidents like this that are designed to keep up pressure on the Ukrainian government and its citizens to sow confusion.”