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Russian invasion of Ukraine may trigger protracted cyber conflict

15th March 2022 - 12:34 GMT | by David Walsh in Washington DC

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Defensive cyber and offensive hacking is playing a part in the Russia-Ukraine conflict. (Photo: NATO SHAPE)

The Russian invasion of Ukraine extends beyond conventional warfare, with Moscow capable of wielding extensive offensive cyber capabilities to attack NATO allies.

Ukraine is no stranger to Russian cyberattacks, especially since the annexation of Crimea and the takeover of some eastern parts of the country in 2014.

Now, however, experts believe that the pace and intensity of attacks is likely to increase amid the latest invasion of Ukraine.

Seth Jones, the director of international security programmes at the Washington DC-based thinktank CSIS, noted how Russia has conducted ‘aggressive cyber operations against Ukraine going back to [2017’s] NotPetya intrusion and other, malware attacks’.

He cited operations by Russia’s FSB (internal security), GRU (military intelligence) and SVU (foreign intelligence) agencies. Distributed Denial of

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