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russian cyber attacks are aimed at justification of war crimes – Google executive at the UNSC

22.06.2022, 10:59

russia is actively using attacks in the cyber domain and spreading misinformation through the Internet to justify its violence in the war against Ukraine.

This was stated by founder and CEO of the Jigsaw Research Center (Google Ideas) Jared Cohen at the UN Security Council meeting, Ukrinform reports.

He said that russia uses the Internet to attack Ukraine on several vectors.

First of all, these are DDoS-attacks on Ukrainian institutions, individuals, and organizations: server overloads that make it impossible to access the web resources.

The second vector is "organized persecution through toxicity and deception, directed against prominent personalities and entire classes of people," in particular the spreading of lies about the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

According to the expert, now numerous campaigns are aimed at causing dissatisfaction with Ukrainian refugees across Europe. "Social media is spreading misinformation about refugee-related crimes and the alleged privileged position of refugees compared to nationals," Cohen said, noting that the strategy was aimed at undermining Ukraine's public and political support.

"The information war has penetrated the homes of ordinary people around the world, the work of activists and political leaders," said the Google executive, adding that this was the third vector of russia's attacks. moscow's efforts are aimed at "positioning Ukrainians as liars," shifting the public opinion in russia's favor instead.

Such attacks are being carried out through a combination of real people, trolls, and advanced chatbots, he added. However, many platforms are unable to respond to these attacks quickly and accurately.

The fourth vector of attacks is the use of misinformation and lies to incite and justify extreme violence, Cohen said.

"russia's incessant propaganda among its citizens – about Ukrainians allegedly being Nazis – serves to dehumanize them in the eyes of the russian military, which has led to numerous war crimes," said the Google executive.

According to him, the russian Internet is the "fifth and final attack vector," as it replaces Ukrainian providers in the occupied cities.

It will be recalled that on June 21, the UN Security Council considered the problem of incitement to violence as one of the causes of russia's aggression against Ukraine.

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