Google Uses Project Shield to Protect Ukrainian Websites from DDoS Attacks
Google Uses Project Shield to protect important websites of the Ukrainian government from cyber attacks in the midst of the ongoing conflict. Tensions between Ukraine and Russia, cyber attacks are launched on each other to kill important sites of both countries.
In the midst of the conflict between Ukraine and Russia, in addition to attacks on the ground, cyber attacks were also launched. This is according to the Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine, Mykhailo Fedorov, via the messaging application Telegram.
One type of cyber attack in question is a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. This attack floods the website with a large number of requests aimed at bringing the website down.
“Another mass DDoS attack in our state has begun,” said Fedorov, who is also Ukraine’s deputy prime minister.
This statement was also confirmed by a report from a non-governmental organization that focuses on internet freedom, Netblocks.
“Confirmed: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Security Services, and the website of the Cabinet of Ukraine have recently been affected by a network outage; the incident appears consistent with a recent DDOS attack,” Netblocks said recently.
In response to this, Google is also helping to protect Ukrainian internet users and local services they feel are vital.
“We continue to see DDoS efforts against various Ukrainian websites, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Home Affairs, as well as services such as Liveuamap designed to help people find information,” said Kent Walker, President, Global Affairs at Google.
In this case, Walker said, it has expanded the feasibility for Project Shield which can provide protection from DDoS attacks.
“Ukrainian government websites, embassies around the world and other governments close to the conflict can stay online, protect themselves and continue to offer their essential services,” Walker said.
Project Shield allows Google to absorb bad traffic in a DDoS attack. It also acts like a shield for smaller websites, allowing websites to continue to operate and survive DDoS attacks.
Over 150 Webs in Ukraine Can Benefit from Project Shield
“More than 150 websites in Ukraine, including many news organizations, use this service and we have communicated its availability to representatives of the Ukrainian government,” Walker said.
In his statement, Walker also said that he is encouraging all eligible organizations to sign up for Project Shield, so Google can help them block DDoS attacks and keep websites from crashing.
Google Turns Off Key Features of Google Maps in Russia
Google Turns Off Key Google Maps Features To Prevent Russian Soldiers From Tracking Ukrainian Citizens
Google has disabled a key feature of Google Maps to help protect Ukrainian citizens. Live information about how busy a place in Ukraine is or local traffic conditions, is temporarily out of sight.
This change is global, so no one around the world can see the traffic data in Ukraine. This is as reported by The Sun, Saturday (5/3/2022).
The move by Google will certainly make it difficult for anyone trying to track the movements of troops and civilians inside the war-torn country.
As is known, Google Maps utilizes smartphone networks to provide real-time information for users. For example, road users can help Google know where heavy traffic is.
The technology can provide users with information to reroute their journey. Google can also often detail how busy a company or a network is running.
In the early days of the invasion, The Washington Post revealed how researchers used the data to track movement.
Roadblocks and delays signal an exodus and potential troop movement. But some worry that Google Maps could be used to Russia’s advantage, providing details on how busy certain areas are.
Google told Reuters it had consulted a number of sources, including ‘regional authorities’, before making a decision.
Ukraine has put up a fierce resistance to the Russian invasion. The capital city of Kyiv is still holding out despite heavy Russian troops trying to break through.
Internet users have been urged not to disclose Ukrainian troop movements on social media.
Meanwhile, a number of tech companies have cracked down on Russia in recent days. Facebook, Google and Twitter have restricted all advertising in Russia over the invasion of Ukraine.
YouTube has so far blocked several Russian state media channels from taking advantage of the ads. Google also announced that it would be “pausing” Google Ads Services for Russian state media.
Facebook’s parent company, Meta, recently revealed that it had discovered a network of hackers targeting Ukrainian citizens.
Meta then shut down dozens of fake Facebook accounts created as part of the Russian campaign.