In the gathering hours of February 24, as Russian soldiers trudged from their staging areas across the Ukrainian border to the fateful day’s targets, elements of the Russian military and security services worked together to deliver a devastating blow.
Their goal – critical data of the Ukrainian government.
As the multi-pronged invasion began, cruise missiles struck a Ukrainian government facility housing servers full of vital data. At the same time, Russian cyber agents conducted “wipe attacks” on computer networks, attempting to erase all stored information.
Despite the sophisticated and holistic nature of the Russian attack, the Ukrainian data survived the attack. A week earlier it had been practically smuggled out of the country. The data that was once stored individually on physical servers has been uploaded to the cloud.
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