Live updates: Russia’s war in Ukraine

Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU) has neutralized more than 4,500 cyber attacks in the country this year, an official said on Monday.

Ilya Vitiuk, head of the SBU cyber security department, said in a statement that Ukraine “enters 2022 with eight years of hybrid warfare experience,” adding, “At the time of the invasion, we were already prepared for worst-case scenarios.”

“The massive cyber attacks we thwarted in January and February became additional ‘practice’ before the invasion,” he said.

The scale of cyber attacks is now more widespread, especially compared to previous years, he said. In 2020, nearly 800 cyber attacks were recorded, while in 2021 it rose to 1,400, and in 2022 this number has more than tripled.

“Today, an aggressor country conducts an average of 10 cyber attacks per day. Fortunately, Ukrainian society does not know about most of them,” said Vitiuk.

Attackers often target energy, logistics, military facilities, government databases and information resources, he said.

“We monitor risks and threats in real-time 24/7. We know most of the hackers from the Russian special services working against us by name. We are working on documenting them,” Vidyuk said, announcing that they would face trials at a future international military court.

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