Impact of the Ukraine/Russia Conflict on Cybersecurity in the United States

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On Feb. 24, 2022, Russia launched a large-scale military incursion into Ukraine. By all accounts, the Russian offensive attacked on multiple fronts, including against Ukraine’s network computers and communication systems. The cyberattacks began before the first tank crossed the border, with Ukrainian networks subjected to multiple targeted attacks involving hacking, distributed denials of service and the introduction of malware that specifically targeted Ukrainian systems and wiped data.

This isn’t the first time Russia has engaged in this type of cyberwarfare, nor is it likely to be the last. Many will remember the widespread power outages in 2015, when Russian hackers breached the Ukrainian power grid, or the 2017 NotPetya malware, which was intended to target Ukraine’s networks but quickly spread out of control, causing billions of dollars in damage around the globe.

This time, Ukraine was better prepared and, for the most part, has resisted the Russian cyber onslaught. However, one of the more interesting components of this conflict has been the international response

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