In just a few hours before Ukraine was invaded by Russian troops, the country was attacked by new malware with the aim of wiping out important data. This was just one of multiple cyberattacks Ukraine experienced in 2022, including a malware attack that can be triggered remotely to damage around 70 government websites. In March, there were about 6 million potential cyberattacks happening in the world within a 24-hour period.
For Russia in particular, the country has been using Ukraine to test their next generation of cyber weapons due to Ukraine’s weak ability to counterattack, although the U.S. and E.U. have been helping Ukraine bolster their cyber defenses. However, all countries are increasing their potential for damage from cyberthreats by creating more cyber assets and connecting critical information to the cloud, which has only been fueled through remote work during the pandemic.
There is a significant difference between cyberattacks and cyber wars. Cyberattacks aren’t as devastating as cyber wars as they are mostly used to test new cyberweapons, although an all-out attack has the potential to affect multiple targets, causing significant impact. Cyber wars are able to cause more serious damage that is equivalent to the conditions created by the 2021 Texas Freeze.
The U.S. and Japan are some of the most secure countries against cyber war attacks, but they could still be significantly affected by distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. In fact, 75% of these attacks target crucial financial services while 20% target important business networks. These days, Americans are proactively protecting themselves by backing up crucial documents offline and updating software on all devices among other actions.
Taking measures to protect yourself now can prepare you for a future cyberattack.