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...

Task Force Update: With Three Months Until Ukraine’s Election Day, Foreign Interference Picks Up

With less than three months to go before Ukrainians head to the polls to cast their votes for president, the election campaign is heating up. A number of political figures have registered their candidacies, and more are expected to follow suit. Accompanying ramped up election activity in Ukraine is an increase in unwanted Russian...

Ukrainian Elections: Cyber News Roundup from Russian-Language Press in Ukraine and Russia

In the run-up to the March 2019 Ukrainian Presidential Election, we will keep an eye on Ukrainian- and Russian-language news articles referencing reported cyber attacks that could affect political stability in Ukraine. Here are some translated highlights from recent Russian-language news articles from the Ukrainian and Russian press. From the Ukrainian press: Lithuanian President...

Cyber in Perspective: Strategic Risk and Opportunity in the 2019 Ukrainian Elections

Once again, history is calling Ukraine to an extraordinary task. On Sunday, March 31 2019, Ukrainian voters will participate in a nationwide presidential poll at a time of historic technological, democratic, and geopolitical challenges—the convergence of which would make any strategist or nation tremble in fear. Despite these risks—or perhaps due to them—Ukraine also...