April 14, 2014

Could Russia Use Cyberwarfare to Further Destabilize Ukraine?

By Ben FitzGerald

Source: Mashable

Journalist(s) Colin Daileda

Eastern Ukraine is full of rioters ready to separate from their nation's government in Kiev — at least, that's the message the Russian government may want to project to the world. And analysts believe the Kremlin could use cyberattacks to create more chaos and support its objectives.

Protesters in eastern Ukraine have clashed with police and stormed government buildings. A group of separatists who took over a building in Donetsk declared a "People's Republic of Donetsk" and demanded a referendum for independence on May 11. In Luhansk, rebels raided an armory and took 56 hostages.

But U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has accused Russian "special agents" of inciting the ruckus. Others claim there's a Russian hand at play behind the curtain of what seems like a looming crisis, manufactured either as pretext for a Russian invasion or as a means to distract from the Kremlin's annexation of Crimea.

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  • Ben FitzGerald

    Former Senior Fellow and Director, Technology and National Security Program

    Ben FitzGerald was a Senior Fellow and Director of the Technology and National Security Program at CNAS. In this capacity, Mr. FitzGerald led CNAS efforts to explore...