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Ukraine cyber chief pays surprise visit to ‘Black Hat’ hacker meeting in Las Vegas



Ukraine’s top cyber-official addressed a room of security professionals at a hackers’ convention after a two day trip from Kyiv to a Las Vegas golden casino.

Victor Zhora, deputy head of Ukraine’s State Special Communications Service, stated that cyber incidents have tripled since February’s Russian invasion.

Zhora stated that this was perhaps the most significant challenge for the world since World War Two and it is still completely new in cyberspace.

Zhora stated that Ukraine was faced with a variety of “huge events” in cyberspace between the end of March and the beginning of April. This included the discovery of the “Industroyer2 malware” which could control electricity utilities’ power flow.

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Russian hackers also attacked Ukraine during the conflict through a cyberattack, which took down the regional satellite internet service.

Zhora stated that Ukraine has detected more than 1,600 cyber-incidents since the start of the year.

Zhora stated that Microsoft, Amazon, and Google offered free cloud computing services to Ukraine’s government in order to help it move its data out of the country away from the destruction caused by Russian missiles and bombs.


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He said that some of Ukraine’s data archives were being kept in data centers located across “multiple [European] nations,” but he did not elaborate.

Zhora stated that his two-day trip to Las Vegas took him two days. Zhora traveled to Poland to spend a night before flying to Las Vegas.

Zhora stated that he wouldn’t waste his time at Mandalay Bay’s slot machines, where the Black Hat conference takes place: “It would have been inappropriate for me to gamble there while Ukrainian soldiers are defending my land.”

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