Ukraine was seriously hit by cyberattacks launched against the country in the beginning of 2022. Some of these attacks even caused more than 70 government websites in Ukraine to become disabled. In fact the entire world experienced around 6 billion cyberattacks in a single day in March.
23% of cyberattacks were launched against Ukraine, with many of them coming from Russia, due to Ukraine’s inability to carry out a strong counter-attack even though the country’s tech infrastructure is similar to the rest of Western Europe. Ukraine has garnered support from the E.U. and U.S. to improve their cyber defenses as well as pro-Ukraine hackers who attacked websites in Russia in order to cause panic and chaos internally.
In the U.S. 50% of tech execs are stating state-sponsored cyber warfare is the country’s biggest threat, especially with the increasing number of cyber assets people are using and important information being sent to the cloud. These actions are making both network and physical infrastructure security more vulnerable to cyberattacks.
Cyberattacks are actually not as serious as cyber wars because they are mostly used to test new cyberweapons. However, a focused attack on multiple targets at one time can have a more serious impact. Cyber wars are what we should be more careful about as they can lead to widespread damage that’s similar to that caused by a natural disaster, which includes loss of access to water and food as well as multiple deaths.
Even if the U.S. is one of the top-ranked countries in terms of security against cyber war attacks, distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks can still cause significant harm. These attacks focus on making crucial resources like water and food inaccessible to people. Americans in particular are already preparing themselves from a possible cyber war by backing up any data online, backing up all their technology, updating software on devices, creating cash reserves, and storing extra food and water.
Now has never been a better time to protect yourself from cyberattacks.