: Vice News: The activists on the forefront of Ukraine's cyberwar

12:50 Mar. 30, 2016

Vice News: The activists on the forefront of Ukraine's cyberwar

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Canadian-funded software successfully defended a Ukrainian news site from outside attackers 

In June of 2015, a small software and security programming outfit called eQualit.ie received USD 473,738 in funding from the Canadian government "to deliver digital security training and software to human rights defenders and activists in Ukraine."

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Last month, the fruits of its labor — a program called Deflect DDoS mitigation — was put to the test, right in the thick of the tense situation still unfolding in Eastern Ukraine.

The Canadian-funded software successfully defended a Ukrainian news site from outside attackers, serving as a proof of concept that the small-scale, open-source, community-based can ward off clouds of malicious machines.

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Cyber-defense in Ukraine has become especially relevant, as hackers target critical infrastructure and independent news media. Last December, hackers successfully took down a Ukrainian power plant, knocking out electricity in parts of the country. Full story

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