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Russia's Cyber Offensive Against Ukraine Continues Nonstop

Cybersecurity Expert Mikko Hypponen Says Ukraine's Ability to Stay Online Highlights Its Defensive Mojo
Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer, WithSecure

Russia doesn't appear to be pummeling Ukraine with online attacks, given the ability of the Ukraine government and most of the country to remain online. But Russia appears to be trying very hard to take down Ukraine's internet infrastructure, says Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer at WithSecure.

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"They are trying," he said. "We're not seeing dramatic cyber effects because Ukraine is defending." Thanks goes in no small part to practice. "Ukraine is the best country in Europe to defend their networks against Russian nation-state attacks - better than we are, better than any of the Nordics, better than Germany, better than France. Why? Because they've been doing it for eight years."

In a video interview with Information Security Media Group at RSA Conference 2022, Hypponen also discusses:

  • Cyber lessons learned so far from the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war;
  • How what should count as critical infrastructure may not be obvious before it gets disrupted;
  • A preview of his new book, "If It's Smart, It's Vulnerable," which is due to be published in August.

Hypponen (@mikko) is a worldwide authority on computer security and privacy issues. He has been working with computer security for over 20 years and has fought the biggest malware outbreaks on the internet. As a result, he has been involved in catching several online criminals and tracked down the authors of the first PC virus. Hypponen also has extensively researched cyberwarfare, privacy and online espionage.

About the Author

Mathew J. Schwartz

Mathew J. Schwartz

Executive Editor, DataBreachToday & Europe, ISMG

Schwartz is an award-winning journalist with two decades of experience in magazines, newspapers and electronic media. He has covered the information security and privacy sector throughout his career. Before joining Information Security Media Group in 2014, where he now serves as the executive editor, DataBreachToday and for European news coverage, Schwartz was the information security beat reporter for InformationWeek and a frequent contributor to DarkReading, among other publications. He lives in Scotland.

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