CYBERSECURITY experts are warning that a recent surge in Russian cyber attacks on Ukraine could prelude an invasion.
The latest ISMG Security Report suggests the increase in Russian cyber interference in Ukrainian networks could be a warning that eastern Ukraine will face a physical attack.
Russia has already moved 175,000 soldiers to its border with Ukraine.
The intentions of Russian President Vladimir Putin currently remain unclear but he's heavily criticised Ukraine's plans to join NATO.
Cyber experts warned before Christmas that Russia had been advancing online disinformation to undermine Ukraine's president.
ISMG's Mathew Schwartz said in the latest ISMG podcast that there's been an increase in Russian cyber operations in Ukraine since the beginning of December.
Key government and civilian Ukrainian networks are said to have been targeted.
Targeted networks include those belonging to Ukrainian banking and infrastructure firms.
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Cyber expert Schwartz says these are the kind of targets that are expected to be hacked ahead of an invasion.
He also said that Russia has been testing out its cyberattack capabilities on Ukraine for years.
Schwartz said other cyber experts told him: "Russia likely has much more of this sort of thing up its sleeve.
"It's likely been prepositioning these kinds of attacks and capabilities for years, ready to unleash them if it begins a ground invasion."
He added: "Turn off the banks. Turn off the power. Cause chaos via trojanised software updates and who knows what else."
Nato and other world leaders have called on Putin to deescalate.
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