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More Details Emerge: REvil Gang Arrestee Tied to 2021 Colonial Pipeline Attack; Ukrainian Data Wiping Attack a False Flag Operation

Currently, coverage of the conflict in Eastern Europe is saturating the mainstream news outlets.  As usual, we are trying to sort out the signal from the noise.   We have been on the lookout for open source intelligence that is a convergence of cyberwar activity, technological disruption, security and resilience, and risk awareness (which is also differentiated from the traditional media outlets).

A month ago, we provided an analyst of two incidents in the Ukrainian conflict that occurred on the same day (Friday, January 14th):  the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) takedown of the REvil Ransomware Gang and a major cyberattack on Ukrainian government websites.  At the time, these events felt neither coincidental nor unrelated.

The following is an update on both events as tensions rise in Eastern Europe.  Only time will tell if they are confirmed pieces of the larger information war waged by Putin.  In the meantime, best to track them in real-time or check-in for signals in the weeks ahead.

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Daniel Pereira

Daniel Pereira

Daniel Pereira is research director at OODA. He is a foresight strategist, creative technologist, and an information communication technology (ICT) and digital media researcher with 20+ years of experience directing public/private partnerships and strategic innovation initiatives.