As the anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine approaches, nobody besides Russia itself will likely still be in any doubt that this is a full-fledged conflict involving conventional and cyberweapons. Google’s report on recent Russian activity made its scope clear.
.While the use of weapons and technology in the nearly one-year-old conflict in Ukraine is frequently discussed, it is crucial to remember that Russian hackers also frequently cause significant harm. This topic was covered by the Google Threat Analysis Group (Google’s Threat Analysis Group) and Mandiant, a Google Cloud component. They collaborated to produce the “Fog of War” report, which looked at the strategies employed by Russia to spread erroneous information, steal data, and attack critical infrastructure.
The report can be read here and is quite lengthy. The most intriguing fact, however, is that compared to 2020, the number of Russian attacks increased by 250% in 2022. However, the Vladimir Putin-led nation attempted to attack a number of military targets in 2021, and when combined with data from 2022, the number of attacks reached over 150.
The Google report also shows a 300 percent increase in hacker attacks against users from NATO members, including Poland, in addition to Ukrainian users. in contrast to 2020.
It’s important to note that throughout 2022, the Anonymous group, which becomes active in situations like the conflict in Ukraine, led the counteroffensive in cyberspace. The group is decentralized and operates without a common boss.