The Russian government has long been aware of the importance of the Internet and its strategic nature in the event of conflict. Cyberattacks, viruses, but also disinformation and propaganda are all cards that the Kremlin has not hesitated to play in the past. In a first article, we saw how Russia could physically attack the Internet, we will now see how it can use it to go on the offensive.
First of all, let’s contextualize a bit and clarify who we are talking about when we talk about “Russia”. Most of the attacks we are going to cover are the work of Russian hacker groups that have no official ties to the government. You have surely already seen their names in the media: Cozy Bear, Fancy Bear, Sandworm or more recently REvil.