Yurii Shchyhol warns of a new ongoing World Cyber War

Yurii Shchyhol, the head of the Ukrainian State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection, warns there might be an ongoing World Cyber War since the start of Russia’s invasion. Russian cyberespionage and cyberattacks since 24 February weren’t targeted only at Ukraine. Their intervention has been recorded in 42 countries across six continents, mostly from NATO and countries which supported Ukraine during this period.

Shchyhol has stated for Politico that the world has been awakened and that countries are more willing to intensely cooperate with each other on these issues. He also advised: ‘But what we need are not further sanctions and further efforts to curb cyberattacks, we also need for global security companies to leave the market of the Russian Federation. Only then can we ensure the victory will be ours, especially in cyberspace.’

In this interview, it was said that there is strong assistance from the U.S. Cyber Command and the National Security Agency as all of Russia’s attacks are ‘an ongoing, continuous war, including the war in cyberspace.’ What Shchyhol also warns us is that despite the two-month stagnation of Russian cyber attacks, what they’re doing is just a part of their tactic in order to collect resources for another attack – which will likely be on a global level.

Italian police thwart Eurovision cyberattack by pro-Russian hacker groups

Italian police thwarted hacker attacks by pro-Russian hacker groups Killnet and Legion during the 10 May semi-final and 14 May final of the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) in Turin, Italy. Russia was excluded from the competition due to what it calls its special military operation in Ukraine, while Ukraine went on to win the contest.

Killnet denied the attack on ESC, but then declared cyberwar on 10 countries in the same Telegram post. In a separate video, the group stated that these 10 countries are ‘the US, the UK, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Romania, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, and Ukraine.’

OEWG agrees on modalities of stakeholder participation

The OEWG reached agreement to apply modalities for the participation of stakeholders as proposed by the Chair on 20 April, through a silent procedure. NGOs both with and without ECOSOC status should inform the OEWG Secretariat of their interest to participate. However, states can object to the participation of NGOs without consultative status with ECOSOC. The approved NGOs will be invited to participate as observers in the formal sessions, make oral statements during a dedicated stakeholder session, and submit written inputs to be posted on the OEWG’s website. The modalities will be read out at the OEWG’s third substantive session for the formal record.