Law360: Ukrainian Websites Attacked As New Malware Said To Spread

February 23, 2022

Ukrainian government websites along with those of numerous Ukrainian banks were hit with a distributed denial-of-service cyberattack (DDoS). This is the second time in a month that Ukrainian websites have suffered a cyberattack and comes after Russia has now invaded Ukraine. “Russia has a history of trying out new cyber tools against Ukraine, sometimes with devastating global effect,” O’Melveny counsel John Dermody said. “Past incidents demonstrate that Russia, whether by itself or acting through proxies, may target the private sector to exert pressure in the middle of an international standoff.” Dermody, a former deputy legal adviser for the National Security Council and former attorney at the US Department of Homeland Security, added that the private sector should be aware of malicious cyber activity coming out of Russia.

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