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NSA Nominee Confirms Ukraine Is Under Cyberattack
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Wed, 12 Mar 2014 08:00:51 +0000 (UTC)


By Brendan Sasso
National Journal
March 11, 2014

A top U.S. military official said Tuesday he believes hackers are attacking Ukrainian computer and communications networks -- but he declined to point the finger at Russia.

"In an open unclassified forum, I'm not prepared to comment on the specifics of nation-state behavior," Vice Adm. Michael Rogers told the Senate Armed Services Committee when asked whether Russia is using cyberattacks against Ukraine. Rogers currently runs the Navy's cyber unit and is President Obama's nominee to head both the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command.

"Clearly cyber will be an element of almost any crisis we are going to see in the future. It has been in the past. I believe we see it today in the Ukraine. We've seen it in Syria, Georgia. It increasingly is becoming a norm," Rogers said.

Ukrainian officials have said in recent weeks that government, media, and telecommunications systems have come under cyberattack. The attacks were designed to jam communications and hinder the government's response to the crisis in Crimea, the officials said.


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