According to Ukraine, Russian hackers are investigating war crimes, and also seeking to help arrested Russians.
Modern wars are also fought in the cyber field, and the war situation between Ukraine and Russia is also taking center stage with a series of cyber attacks that are presumably happening between both sides.
According to reports from Reuters, Russian spies are making use of hackers to attack the systems of law enforcement agencies in Ukraine, and with the intention of identifying and obtaining evidence related to alleged Russian war crimes.
According to the aforementioned media and based on the words of Yurii Shchyholhead of the State Service for Special Communications and Information Protection of Ukraine (SSSCIP), hackers working in Russian intelligence agencies have intensified their digital intrusion campaigns targeting the Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine and the departments that document war crimes.
“There has been a change in direction, from a focus on energy facilities towards law enforcement institutions, which had not been attacked as frequently before,” Shchyhol said.
“This turn toward courts, prosecutors and law enforcement shows that hackers are gathering evidence about Russian war crimes in Ukraine,” he added.
In the report seen by Reuters, it is noted that the hackers were trying to collect information on Russian citizens arrested in Ukraine to help them avoid processing and transfer them back to Russia.
According to reports, cybersecurity incidents documented by the SSSCIP grew by 123% in the first six months of this year compared to the second half of 2022.
Shchyhol adds that Russian hackers have made it a priority to attack government agencies and try to gain access to their email servers.
Before the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the various Western intelligence agencies already warned about possible cyberattacks that could even extend to other nations.