Ukraine: The challenges of the Russia-Ukraine conflict

Feb 28, 2022 | Posted by MadalineDunn

As the Russia-Ukraine conflict continues, reports are circulating around the impact on data, internet connectivity and power supplies. On February 24th, it was reported that Biden was being presented with a number of options relating to Russian cyberattacks, including disrupting internet connectivity across the country and shutting off its electric power.

Following this, there were reports of DDoS attacks against Russian government websites and attempted DDoS attacks against "the websites of major Russian banks as well," that's according to Doug Madory, director of Internet analysis at Kentik. That said, it is still unknown who was responsible for the attacks. Key Ukrainian government websites were then hit with a number of cyberattacks. As part of Russia's offensive, it unleashed a new strain of computer-disabling malware in an attempt to undermine Ukraine's defense capabilities. 

Some companies are now taking what they call "precautions" to navigate the ongoing issues. Cloudflare, for example, announced that it had removed customer cryptographic material from servers in Ukraine. CEO Matthew Prince said on Twitter: "We continue to serve traffic there for Ukrainian users, for now, via our Keyless technology."

However, in the spirit of solidarity, companies are offering support to those in Ukraine, with Vodafone announcing that it is wavering roaming charges in the country and making calls free. 

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