Blowback on the West is inevitable, a Russian foreign ministry spokesperson said
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A claimed army of 300,000 pro-Ukrainian cyber fighters is not unlike terrorist groups in Syria that the US encouraged to fight against the government in Damascus, Russian foreign ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova has warned. In the end, this ‘cyber ISIS’ will hurt Western nations, she predicted on Wednesday.
The grim warning was referring to a project announced earlier this month by Ukraine’s Digital Minister Aleksander Bornyakov. Introducing the entity on March 9, the official described it as the “world’s first IT army,” which will include Ukrainians and specialists from other nations.
In a radio interview last week, he was more forthcoming about the goals of the operation. He claimed it already included “almost 300,000 people” and said the objectives were to “disrupt the work of [Russian] digital resources” and “fight propaganda” by delivering Kiev’s messages about hostilities in Ukraine to Russian citizens.
Bornyakov claimed credit for a range of cyberattacks, from simply defacing web pages to fully disrupting Russian servers. He called those operations retaliation for Russia “attacking us constantly for eight years”.