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CyberBerkut

CyberBerkut

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CyberBerkut
resembles emblem of special police unit "Berkut"
Formation c. 2014
Type Virtual community;
Voluntary association
Purpose Internet activism;
Internet vigilantism
Region served
Ukraine
Membership
Unknown
Website cyber-berkut.ru or cyber-berkut.org

CyberBerkut (Russian: КиберБеркут, Ukrainian: КіберБеркут) is a modern organized group of pro-Russian hacktivists.[1] The group became locally known for a series of publicity stunts and distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on Ukrainian government, and western or Ukrainian corporate websites.[citation needed].

Background

The group emerged after the dissolution of special police force "Berkut" that which had become notorious for its violent repression used during the EuroMaidan demonstrations.[2] Composition is not known, for obvious reasons members of the community tend to remain anonymous, one of many groups visible only in social networks.[citation needed] Their proclaimed goals are fighting against neo-fascism, neo-nationalism and arbitrary power in Ukraine.[citation needed] To further this aim, CyberBerkut activists targeted the "Right Sector" IT resources.[citation needed] CyberBerkut's symbols resemble that of the Anonymous group.[citation needed] The prefix "cyber" probably alludes to working in the cyberspace (the Internet).[citation needed] CyberBerkut's targets have included NATO and its allies.[3]

Activity

The group also publishes pro-Donetsk People's Republic videos.[1] In one of them it is claimed that Ukrainian security forces are living under a "Jewish occupation".[1]

Response

  • Repeated blocking of CB's Facebook pages, although new ones have been made on the following day[citation needed].
  • Likely in response to attacking the websites of Greystone Limited and Triple Canopy, CyberBerkut's websites have been temporarily disrupted. The websites started to work again on the following day.[citation needed]
  • Arrests of people suspected in relation to CyberBerkut.[26]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Tymoshenko claimed that the recording had been deliberately edited to discredit her.[11]

References

  1. ^ a b c d Inside a pro-Russia propaganda machine in Ukraine, BBC News (13 November 2017)
  2. ^ Head of Ukrainian Interior Ministry signs order to dissolve "Berkut", Voice of Russia (25 February 2014)
    Ukraine's Berkut police: What makes them special?, BBC News (25 February 2014)
  3. ^ a b Wagstyl, Stefan (7 January 2015). "Ukraine separatists claim cyber attack on German government sites". Financial Times. 
  4. ^ "Ukrainian CyberBerkut takes down NATO websites". RT (TV network). Retrieved 18 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "NATO websites targeted in attack claimed by Ukrainian hacker group Cyber Berkut". ABC News. Retrieved 18 February 2015. 
  6. ^ jenny. "Ukrainian Hacker Group CyberBerkut Launched a DDoS-attack on NATO". revolution-news.com. Archived from the original on 24 February 2015. Retrieved 18 February 2015. 
  7. ^ "CyberBerkut takes vengeance on American private military com". Pastebin. Retrieved 18 February 2015. 
  8. ^ "Anonymous Ukraine Claims to hack and leak secret email conversations of Vitali Klitschko's UDAR party". HackRead. Retrieved 18 February 2015. 
  9. ^ Jeffrey Carr. "Digital Dao". Retrieved 18 February 2015. 
  10. ^ "Телефонный разговор между Шуфричем и Тимошенко. 18 марта 2014 года в 23:17 по украинскому времени". YouTube. 24 March 2014. Retrieved 18 February 2015. 
  11. ^ "Tymoshenko admits speaking to Shufrych, says her words about Russians were edited". Interfax-Ukraine. Retrieved 18 February 2015. 
  12. ^ Piret Pernik: teine taktika, sama strateegia (in Estonian)
  13. ^ Eduard Kovacs (17 March 2014). "Three NATO Websites Disrupted by Ukrainian Hackers of Cyber Berkut". softpedia. Retrieved 18 February 2015. 
  14. ^ NATO websites hit in cyber attack linked to Crimea tension.
  15. ^ "CyberBerkut announces destruction of electronic system of Ukraine's Central Election Commission". Voice of Russia. 
  16. ^ "КиберБеркут: Украинские солдаты массово дезертируют из армии". RT Online. 27 July 2014. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 
  17. ^ "На сайте проводят регламентные работы технического характера в преддверии дня выборов. Такие работы проводились и ранее, в прошлые выборы. Работы проводятся, чтобы увеличить работоспособность сайта и увеличить его скорость", — сообщил РИА Новости пресс-секретарь комиссии Константин Хивренко.
  18. ^ "CNews: Õàêåðû çàÿâèëè îá óíè÷òîæåíèè ÈÒ-ñèñòåìû ÖÈÊ Óêðàèíû çà 2 äíÿ äî âûáîðîâ ïðåçèäåíòà". CNews.ru. Retrieved 18 February 2015. 
  19. ^ ""КиберБеркут": Коломойский спонсировал части Нацгвардии на юго-востоке". 25 May 2014. Retrieved 2 August 2017. 
  20. ^ ""Life.ru" — информационный портал". Life.ru. Retrieved 2 August 2017. 
  21. ^ "КиберБеркут утверждает: на Украине готовится военный переворот". Retrieved 2 August 2017. 
  22. ^ правды», Дарья ИВАШКИНА | Сайт «Комсомольской (22 April 2014). "Хакеры заявили, что взломали переписку Авакова об убийстве Сашко Билого". Retrieved 2 August 2017. 
  23. ^ "ТАСС: Международная панорама - Организация "Киберберкут" заблокировала сайт президента Украины". ТАСС. Retrieved 18 February 2015. 
  24. ^ "Хакеры узнали настоящее имя командира батальона "Донбасс"". Вести.ру. 30 July 2014. 
  25. ^ Cyber-Angriff auf Kanzleramt und Bundestag, Die Welt, 7 January 2015.
  26. ^ "СБУ задержала организацию хакеров "Киберберкут" - за попытку срыва выборов президента". finance.ua. Retrieved 18 February 2015. 

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