Ukraine says it is targeted by hybrid warfare

The Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) said the country is the target of an ongoing “wave of hybrid warfare,” with the aim of establishing anxiety and undermine Ukrainian society’s confidence in the state’s ability to defend its citizens.

The SSU stated that the country is facing attempts to systematically create panic, spread fake information and distort the real state of affairs. All this combined is nothing more than another massive wave of hybrid warfare.

The SSU had to counteract multiple such attempts linked to hostile intelligence agencies and bot farms targeting both social networks and mass media.

The Ukrainian Security Service added that they are seeing such manifestations of hybrid warfare in social networks, some mass media, in the spread of narratives of the aggressor state by certain politicians, etc. They are not just observing these, but also actively counteracting to them.

This is reflected in the NSDC decisions, number of neutralized cyberattacks, dismantling of numerous bot farms, exposing agent networks of hostile intelligence services and preventing sabotage and terrorist attacks.

Last week, the Ukrainian government security agency dismantled two bot farms linked to Russian special services and controlling 18,000 social network accounts.

The two botnets were used to distribute fake news that would spread panic and send bomb threats designed to disrupt operations across the country.

Around a month ago, Russia launched a major cyber-offensive against Ukraine, defacing over a dozen government websites with propaganda messages.

The SSU said it blocked over 120 cyberattacks targeting the information systems of Ukrainian state institutions throughout January 2022.

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