The number of Russian cyber-operations has doubled every month since December, when 15 were reported. This only includes attacks that Microsoft was able to detect in its own networks—the true number is likely to be higher. But because the Russians are conducting disruptive attacks, they are much more likely to be found out than pure espionage, such as Chinese intelligence gathering against America, reckons Benjamin Read, director of espionage analysis at Mandiant, a cybersecurity firm.
At least six Russian hacking groups were responsible for these operations in Ukraine, which were designed mainly to destroy files in computer systems, but also to gather intelligence, cut off access to information and support efforts to spread misinformation. The attacks, which seem to be more frequent than previously appreciated, highlight a best casino sites 0 kind of hybrid warfare. “There has not been a situation before where this much disruption has been going on in a concentrated area in the history of cyber,” says Mr Read. Other governments, wary of Russia, will be watching closely. ■