Kenneth Geers - Computer Hacks in the Russia-Ukraine War

Kenneth Geers, Very Good Security / NATO Cyber Centre / Atlantic Council

Presentation Title: Computer Hacks in the Russia-Ukraine War

Length of presentation: 20 minutes

War Story Track

The Russia-Ukraine war has seen a lot of computer hacking, on both sides, by nations, haxor collectives, and random citizens, to steal, deny, alter, destroy, and amplify information. Satellite comms have gone down. Railway traffic has been stymied. Doxing is a weapon. Fake personas and false flags are expected. Every major platform has had issues with confidentiality, integrity, and availability. Hacked social media and TV have been a hall of mirrors and PSYOP. Russian comms are unreliable, so Ukrainian nets have become honeypots. Hackers have been shot in the kneecaps. Talking heads have called for a RUNET shutdown. The Ukrainian government has appealed for hacker volunteers – just send your expertise, experience, and a reference. The Great Powers are hacking from afar, while defending their own critical infrastructure, including nuclear command-and-control. Ukraine has many hacker allies, while Russian hackers are fleeing their country in record numbers. Some lessons so far: connectivity is stronger than we thought, info ops are stealing the day, drones are the future, and it is always time for the next hack.


Dr. Kenneth Geers works at Very Good Security. He is an Atlantic Council Cyber Statecraft Initiative Senior Fellow, a NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence Ambassador, and a Digital Society Institute-Berlin Affiliate. Kenneth served for twenty years in the US Government: in the Army, National Security Agency (NSA), Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), and NATO. He was a professor at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv in Ukraine from 2014-2017. He is the author of "Strategic Cyber Security", editor of "Cyber War in Perspective: Russian Aggression Against Ukraine", editor of "The Virtual Battlefield", and technical expert to the "Tallinn Manual".



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