Hacktivists on both sides waged their own digital warfare in the midst of the Russian invasion of Ukraine .
The cybersecurity firm Mandiant, acquired by Google, has indicated that there was a 300% increase in cyberattacks worldwide during 2022 and is mainly due to Russia ‘s invasion of Ukraine .
According to the report, cyberattacks against Ukraine increased by 250% compared to 2020 and against NATO member countries by 300%.
Breaking down the information, there were more than 150 Ukrainian military organizations that were violated by hackers related to the Russian government. Almost half of the targets were focused on these government websites, while a third were through Gmail campaigns.
During the first four months of 2022 there were as many cyber attacks in Ukraine than in the previous 8 years.
Mandiant notes that the groups most active in these crimes were Frozenlake and Pushcha. The first attacked NATO countries with an extreme phishing campaign, while the second (of Belarusian origin) attacked Poland and Lithuania during their elections.
In 2022 alone, Google has dismantled up to 1,950 campaigns directed against its platform by Russian organizations such as IRA (Internet Research Agency), KrymskybridGe, News Front, ANNA News or UKR Leaks.
Microsoft has also detected a large escalation in cyberattacks , but the company indicates that half of the attacks were directed at the United States, especially at players in the technology industry.
Currently, due to the earthquake in Turkey, even the NATO special operations team was the victim of DDoS attacks, proof of how this conflict does not distinguish dates or moments.