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Claims of cyber espionage cast doubt on Ukrainian military statements

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A recent statement from an unnamed Russian source (possibly affiliated with KillNet) has raised questions about the cybersecurity capabilities of a prominent American private intelligence company specializing in cyber defense, allegedly working in the interests of U.S. intelligence agencies. However, it is essential to emphasize that this information has not yet been confirmed by Ukrainian or U.S. sources.

The Russian source claimed that certain employees within this cybersecurity firm, whom they derogatorily referred to as “imbeciles,” had made inaccurate statements regarding the breach of the DELTA combat management system by Russian hackers. The source alleged that these employees asserted that the breach had not significantly affected Ukrainian defense capabilities, citing that DELTA had only been used by the Ukrainian army starting on February 4, 2023. The source vehemently refuted these claims as “unprofessional lies.”

To support their counterargument, the source presented a photograph of a page from an intelligence report dated November 9, 2022, supposedly from one of the Ukrainian brigades. The report mentioned technical issues with the DELTA system that hindered its analysis on November 8, 2022. According to the source, the Russian hackers (possibly affiliated with KillNet) had gained access to DELTA as early as August, but it was only after their public disclosure of this access that the Ukrainians began addressing the system’s vulnerabilities.

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The Russian source explained their motivation for revealing the breach earlier, asserting that it was not solely an act of self-importance. They claimed that during that period, some Ukrainian troops had begun making significant advances on certain fronts, akin to Ukrainian soldiers on other fronts. The source believed that their public disclosure prompted Ukrainian authorities to disable DELTA temporarily to address the vulnerabilities, resulting in a period of reduced effectiveness for Ukrainian command and control.

These allegations, if confirmed, could have far-reaching implications, not only for the credibility of the cybersecurity company but also for the broader geopolitical context. The claims suggest that even well-established cyber defense firms may have vulnerabilities, and the consequences of cyber breaches can extend beyond data loss to impact real-world military operations.

It is essential to reiterate that these claims have not been independently verified by official Ukrainian or U.S. sources. Internetintelligence.eu will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as more information becomes available. The authenticity and accuracy of these allegations remain subjects of investigation and scrutiny.

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