UK: Russia is losing information war in Ukraine
According to the head of the Government Communications Center, Jeremy Fleming, Moscow's initial plans in cyberspace seem to have failed
Russia has not been able to make progress in confronting Ukraine in cyberspace after almost six months after the country was invaded, the head of Britain's Government Communications Center (GCHQ) said on Friday.
Intelligence chief Jeremy Fleming said in an op-ed in The Economist that both countries are using their cyber capabilities in the war in Ukraine.< /p>
“So far, President Putin is comprehensively losing the information war in Ukraine and the West. While this is cause for rejoicing, we should not underestimate Russian disinformation in other parts of the world,” Fleming wrote.
“As with the land invasion, Russia's initial plans online appear to have failed. This country's use of offensive cyber capabilities was irresponsible and indiscriminate,” he said.
Fleming said that Russia used the WhisperGate malware to hack into government systems.
He also said that he had previously Russia has used the same technique in Syria and the Balkans.
Internet disinformation is an important part of Russia's strategy, he said, but GCHQ was able to intercept and issue timely warnings.