The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:
9 Feb. 2022 -- Ukraine was beset by attacks last month when hackers defaced and disabled more than 70 government websites, and Microsoft discovered malware planted in Ukrainian government systems that could be triggered at any moment.
While these instances raised concerns, they were only a hint of Russian cyber capabilities. In a full-scale cyber assault, Russia could take down the power grid, turn the heat off in the middle of winter, and shut down Ukraine’s military command centers and cellular communications systems.
Such a nightmare for Ukraine not only could give Russian President Vladimir Putin an avenue to victory, but also provide a sneak peek into the future of warfare. That future also holds implications for Washington if Putin launches cyber attacks against the U.S. to retaliate against any sanctions President Joe Biden may impose.
John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics