The digital battlefield is the key to the war with Russia

Ukraine is working to ensure that its digital infrastructure continues to work in the midst of the war with Russia and repels cyberattacks and dissemination of misinformation, said Alexander Bornyakov, Ukraine’s Minister of Digital Change.

Borniakov appeared at an online event this week sponsored by the artificial intelligence company Collective[i] To talk about the role of technology and information in war.

“There were two years of Corona events, and we learned how to work remotely and move a lot of the infrastructure to the cloud, so we were pretty prepared if something like that happened,” Boryakov said. “Again, I don’t think you can really be prepared for events like the one where your town and most of the country is under attack.”

Here are some notable excerpts from what he said:

The days leading up to the Russian invasion

“(Before the war), we built a digital country, built the most convenient government services in the world and focused on various missions. We were building an information technology center that is one of the largest – in fact the largest – in Eastern Europe …. During this time, we were still focusing on creating something.”

The robustness of the Ukrainian information technology infrastructure

“Most of the infrastructure in Ukraine works. I mean, the media works, the television works, the government services work. You can run a business, you can pay taxes, you can go to the bank. The payment system works. So they failed to significantly disrupt anything.

“Alon Musk responded to our calls and operated Starlink in Ukraine. In the meantime, we’ve got about 1,500 satellite converters and we’re supposed to get another 5,000. The ground lines, we can still communicate. ”

Fight against deception and dissemination and misinformation made by the Russians

“We decided to call out (to the Russian people) over the internet with very specific messages. First, (the Russian government) denied that it was a war. They said it was a special operation. So we did a targeted campaign and explained to the Russian people that it was a war. Second, they denied being wounded, having Soldiers killed in Ukraine.So we decided to show pictures and names of dead soldiers in the Russian media.I mean, on the Internet, of course.We can not get to their TV.It’s impossible.

“These campaigns were successful because firstly, some of the Russian opposition started talking about it as a war. Secondly, they eventually admitted that there were wounded and killed.”

Ukraine ‘IT Army’

“We set up an IT army, which was joined by 200,000 people and these people wanted to help Ukraine fight Russia. So on the first day, we completely downloaded the Kremlin website, their stock exchange internet services, the government services portal and many other sites. It turns out they were not ready To it.

“We were attacked for eight years. And I can compare that to Microsoft Windows, because a lot of hackers wanted to hack into Microsoft Windows for so many years that they finally built the most secure operating system – you can’t break into it simply because they have so much experience protecting the system. “So I think a very similar thing happened with the Ukrainian cyber infrastructure.”

Removal of Russia from the digital economy

“Hundreds of companies have left Russia, and our ultimate goal – we would like to say Visa and MasterCard but then they themselves have left – now we think our top priority is to block Apple’s app store and Google Play from Russia completely.

“There are a lot of other Russian citizens who think it’s okay to just send the army to another country. So we wanted to show them that it would not happen without consequences.”

By Editor

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