The heads of the US Cyber Command and the National Security Agency (NSA) confirmed that the United States conducted cyber operations after Russia invaded Ukraine.
“We performed a series of operations over the entire range: offensive, defensive, [and] NSA Secretary Paul Nakasone said in a recent interview. This includes “aggressive hacking operations” without elaborating on the details.
Nakasone, who is also a general, said the operation was legal and carried out under private supervision.But his interview Sky news This is the first official confirmation that the United States is involved in a digital conflict with Russia to support Ukraine.
“My job is to provide the Secretary of Defense and the President with a range of options, and that’s what I do,” he told the British news channel Sky News on Wednesday. It is not clear when and how many times the operation began since the invasion began on February 24th.
“We are on the alert every day. Every day. I’m always thinking about it,” he said. “That’s why we’re working with a range of partners to make sure it’s prevented, not just for the United States, but for our allies.”
Nakasone also elaborated on how the so-called “hunt forward” operation allowed the United States to track hackers and find tools before they were deployed. According to Nakasone, in one such operation, a U.S. military expert was in Ukraine near the date of the invasion.
“We came hunting with them in December 2021 at the invitation of the Kieu government. We stayed there for almost 90 days,” he told the outlet.
Officials later told Sky that the US team withdrew from Ukraine in February 2022 as Russian troops strengthened along the Ukrainian border.
The general also referred to major hacking attempts by Russian state officials to launch cyberattacks on Ukrainian infrastructure, stating: Attacks on government processes. “
“This is a kind of work that the average person might miss. It wasn’t that they weren’t too busy, they were incredibly busy. And, as you know, they were. I think resilience is probably the most intriguing story for all of us, “he explained Kyiv’s reaction.
On Wednesday, the Biden administration announced that it would send an additional $ 700 million in military aid to Ukrainian troops, including long-range rockets.
“The United States will continue to work with Ukraine’s partners to provide Ukraine with weapons and equipment to protect itself,” the White House said in a statement. He added that those weapons included a high-mobility artillery rocket system “equipped with battlefield ammunition.”