Ukraine calls for volunteer hackers to protect itself and cyber-spy on Russia, while Anonymous has already started to act

The Ukrainian government is asking for volunteers from the country’s hacker community to help the government protect critical infrastructure and also carry out cyberespionage missions against Russian troops. This information has been leaked by Reuters, thanks to two people involved in the project.

We have already seen that in this latest war in Europe, the Internet, social networks, technologies and software have more prominence than ever before. In the month of January, when it was not clear what could happen, there were already cyberattacks that predicted a possible future war.

Hacker Forums

As Russian forces attacked cities across Ukraine, requests for volunteers began appearing on hacker forums Thursday morning.

“Ukrainian cyber community! It’s time to take part in the cyber defense of our country”, read one post, asking hackers and cybersecurity experts to apply via Google Docs, listing your specialties and your professional references.

Yegor Aushev, co-founder of a cybersecurity company in Kiev, told Reuters that he wrote the post at the request of a senior Defense Ministry official. Aushev’s company, Cyber ??Unit Technologies, is known for working with the Ukrainian government to defend critical infrastructure.

Aushev said the volunteers would be divided into defensive and offensive cyber units. The defensive unit would be used to defend infrastructure such as power plants and water systems.

For its part, the volunteer offensive unit that Aushev said he was organizing would help the Ukrainian army carry out digital espionage operations against the invading Russian forces. “We have an army inside our country and we need to know what they are doing,” says Aushev

Anonymous has already acted

On the other hand, Anonymous has already acted. A few hours ago he declared cyber war on Russia. On their Twitter they announced: “#Anonymous is currently involved in operations against the Russian Federation. Our operations are directed at the Russian government. It is inevitable that the private sector will also be affected.”

Among other things, Anonymous managed to bring down the RT publication, which is close to the Moscow government.