Ukraine asks for South Korea’s cybersecurity aid amid Russia’s invasion

Illustration showing computer and smartphone figurines in front of the Ukrainian flag
FILE PHOTO: Computer and smartphone figurines are seen in front of the words “Cyberattack”, binary code and the Ukrainian flag, in this illustration taken February 15, 2022 REUTERS / Dado Ruvic / Illustration

February 25, 2022

By Hyonhee Shin

SEOUL (Reuters) – Ukraine’s top official in South Korea said on Friday his country wants to ask for Seoul’s support in strengthening its cybersecurity capacity to defend against Russian attacks. .

The missiles hit the Ukrainian capital as Russian forces advanced after launching attacks on Thursday, prompting Kyiv to appeal to the international community for more help.

Dmytro Ponomarenko, Ukraine’s ambassador to South Korea, said that the websites of Ukrainian government organizations are being subjected to Russian attacks.

A global cybersecurity company also said that a newly discovered malware has been found circulating in Ukraine and has hit hundreds of computers, part of an attack seen as a wave of attacks. increasing attacks against this country.

Ponomarenko praised South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s statement that Ukraine’s sovereignty must be respected and that Seoul supports a peaceful resolution of the crisis, but expressed hope for further support.

“We would also be grateful if South Korea, being a highly developed high-tech country, helped us strengthen our cybersecurity capabilities,” he said in a statement released after a meeting. newspaper in Seoul, using the official Korean name. .

Moon said South Korea would join the international community’s effort to impose economic sanctions on Russia, but officials said they were not considering unilateral measures.

An official at South Korea’s foreign ministry said it would step up support to Ukraine, but did not immediately comment on potential cyber cooperation.

South Korea designated Ukraine as an official development aid recipient last year and is currently providing assistance in education, health and public administration, among other areas.

Ukraine accounts for only about 0.1% of South Korea’s trade. Russia is South Korea’s 10th largest energy supplier and 10th largest trading partner, with several major players including Samsung Electronics and Hyundai Motor running factories there.

Ponomarenko called on the international community to show solidarity by imposing sanctions against Russia and providing Ukraine with financial, military and fuel support, as well as humanitarian assistance.

“We need to act together and in coordination,” he said at the press conference.

(Reporting by Hyonhee Shin; Editing by Kim Coghill) Ukraine asks for South Korea’s cybersecurity aid amid Russia’s invasion

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