Cutting Edge Cyber War

Western attention and support for Ukraine’s cyber defenses from the United States and NATO seem to be an important focus currently. This support is especially relevant and necessary during this pivotal presidential election cycle. On January 23, 2019, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the World Economic...

Who Pays for a Cyberattack?

As Ukraine approaches its presidential election slated for March 31, 2019, the issue of how to respond to cyberattacks continues to plague governments around the world. Potential strategies range from proactive deterrence to reactive prosecution and potential retaliation. We know that hackers targeted the last Ukrainian presidential election in 2014. Therefore, we must prepare...

Task Force Update: As Candidates File, Concern Increases Over Outside Interference

Tomorrow, February 8, is the deadline for prospective candidates to file for the March 31 presidential election in Ukraine. So far, some three dozen applications have been approved by the Central Election Commission (CEC). As election day nears, Ukrainian officials and outside observers are sounding more warnings about Kremlin-driven attempts to interfere in the...

Ukraine Reports Cyberattacks Against Electoral Infrastructure

The head of Ukraine’s cyber police force, Serhiy Demedyuk, told Reuters that hackers had targeted Ukraine’s electoral servers and the personal computers of election staff prior to Ukraine’s upcoming presidential election slated for March 31, 2019. Hacker tactics have included “phishing” operations such as virus-infected greeting cards, shopping invitations, and notices for software updates....

Task Force Update: Kremlin Rhetoric Heats Up Two Months Before Elections

Over the past two weeks, Russian action and rhetoric have been heating up in an effort to apply greater pressure on Ukraine and discredit its upcoming elections, now a little more than two months away. First, on the rhetoric side– Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of Russia’s security council, warned of the “loss of Ukraine’s statehood” if Ukraine...