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Hacking NATO

by Brent Kirkpatrick

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NATO has become a favorite target of hackers.



NATO reports 500 incidents a month of hacking, most of them dealt with automatically. The number of incidents are up 60% from 2015 to 2016. Ukraine has been cyber-attacked badly each year for the last three years. Recently the Wall Street Journal reported that NATO troops have been cyber-attacked on their phones and in their off-duty time.

In June 2017, Ukraine was attacked by Petya, with ATMs failing and the Chernobyl nuclear plant computers failing. The attack was timed to hit the day before the holiday of Ukraine's first constitution.

In June 2016, Ukraine's power companies were target by hackers. The attack cut power to 1/5th of Kiev. This attack was smaller than the one in 2015.

In December 2015, the Ukrainian power grid was the target of a massive attack that disabled electricity. Hundreds of thousands of people were left without power for six hours.

NATO troops in the Baltic states have had their cell phones hacked and have been stalked in public, since January of this year. US soldier's iPhones have been the targets of these attacks. Sources attribute the attacks to Russia.


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Nicole Perlroth, Mark Scott and Sheera Frenkel. "Cyberattack hits Ukraine then spreads internationally." The New York Times. June 27, 2017.

Thomas Grove, Julian E. Barnes, and Drew Hinshaw. "Russia targets NATO soldiers in phone hack." Wall Street Journal. Oct 5, 2017.

Staff. "Ukraine power cut 'was cyber-attack'." BBC. Jan. 11, 2017.







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