THE Ukrainian Government has revealed that it is fighting a ‘hybrid war’ where Russia-backed threat actors are hitting their Internet networks while their Armies are attacking physical infrastructure on the ground. The country’s cyber-security authority said, its cyber defences are repelling most hacking attacks, adding that the cyber-war with Russia was unprecedented, the ‘BBC’ reported. “These two wars (we are fighting) are part of this hybrid war. This is happening for the first time in history and I believe that cyber war can only be ended with the end of conventional war, and we will do everything we can to bring this moment closer,” said Viktor Zhora, Deputy Chairman of the State Service of Special Communications, during a press conference.
He added that his cyber security teams have been working to defend critical Ukrainian web services successfully. “We are not afraid of Russian attacks” on power grids or nuclear sites, he said. Since the Russian invasion began, the country has launched an “IT Army of Ukraine”, which has been carrying out cyber attacks on Russian targets. The Telegram group for the organisation now has 2,70,000 members. However, the Ministry estimates that there could be as many as 4,00,000 hackers fighting online for Ukraine. “We call it cyber-resistance and we’re doing everything possible to protect our land and cyberspace. We are trying to protect our networks,” Zhora added.