Ukraine’s security service detains member of Russian ‘Cyber Army’


Ukraine’s security service, the SBU, said it had detained a suspected member of the pro-Kremlin hacker group known as the Cyber Army of Russia.

The suspect, a tech specialist from the northeastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, was recruited by Russian intelligence through a hacker channel on the messaging app Telegram, the SBU said.

Ukraine’s law enforcement searched his apartment, seizing three mobile phones, a laptop, and flash drives containing alleged evidence of his crimes.

The hacker is suspected of launching distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against Ukrainian state websites on behalf of the Cyber Army of Russia. The group presents itself as a hacktivist collective, akin to the IT Army Of Ukraine, but the SBU claims that it is controlled by Russian intelligence.

In addition to DDoS attacks, the hacker is also suspected of leaking strategic information, like the whereabouts of Ukrainian troops, artillery, and air defense systems, to the Russian military.

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