Russia is ‘beating’ Ukraine and Anonymous in electronic cyber-war, experts warn

Russia is slowly turning the tide against Ukraine when it comes to the two countries' cyber-war.

As the armed conflict in the Donbas region wears on, Russia and Ukraine have also been fighting a parallel war in cyberspace.

Helped by the hacking collective Anonymous, Ukraine initially took the lead when Russia's invasion began in February by succesfully hacking military assets and even Russian news networks and banks.

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However, analysts have now warned that Russia's electronic warfare on Ukraine is starting to win out, with Russian forces able to jam radars, drones, and even locate Ukrainian weapons.

According to cyber-warfare expert Bryan Clark at the Hudson Institute, the scales are now tipping in Russia's favour when it comes to electronic warfare.

He said: "Experts have long touted Russia as having some of the most experienced and best-equipped EW units in the world.

"So in the early days of the 24 February invasion, analysts expected Russian forces to quickly gain control of, and then dominate, the electromagnetic spectrum.

"But after nearly a decade of rehearsals in eastern Ukraine, when the latest escalation and invasion began in February, Russian EW was a no-show."

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Clark claimed that Russia is now combining e-warfare with real-life siege tactics to damage Ukraine's forces.

Ukraine is still being supported by anti-Russia hacking groups, including Anonymous, who have been involved since the conflict escalated.

The hacktivist collective, which is made up of anonymous members from around the world, declared 'cyber war' on Putin in February and even hijacked Russia's spy satellites—using its own hacking tools against it.

Anonymous also hacked the Russian company that took over Chernobyl as well as leaking one million Kremlin emails to the public.


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