NewsUkrainian military intelligence disrupts Russian drone operations with targeted software attack

Ukrainian military intelligence disrupts Russian drone operations with targeted software attack

Members of the 'Paragon' military division, part of the 'Tymur' military intelligence unit of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, during shooting exercises in an unspecified location in Ukraine, on Monday, Jan. 29, 2024. The European Union is considering options to address demands for tighter controls over a proposed 50 billion ($54.1 billion) aid package for Ukraine as leaders aim to head off another veto of the package by Hungary. Photographer: Andrew Kravchenko/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Members of the 'Paragon' military division, part of the 'Tymur' military intelligence unit of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, during shooting exercises in an unspecified location in Ukraine, on Monday, Jan. 29, 2024. The European Union is considering options to address demands for tighter controls over a proposed 50 billion ($54.1 billion) aid package for Ukraine as leaders aim to head off another veto of the package by Hungary. Photographer: Andrew Kravchenko/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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12:11 PM EST, February 8, 2024

The Ukrainian military intelligence agency, known as the HUR, released a statement on Thursday announcing that their specialists had executed a coordinated attack on the software that operates Russian drones. These drones frequently feature in battles, so they are a crucial part of Russian military campaigns.

The HUR statement disclosed that the Russian armed forces suffered a major software failure on Thursday, impairing drone control. This issue seemingly pertains to a specific program that enables drones reprogramming to suit military operation necessities.

The preliminary data collected by HUR suggests that the Ukrainian attack led to server failures on which the targeted software ran. Consequently, users can no longer access the system.

"Remote control of drones is now impossible"

"Without access to the servers, remote control of drones is likely impossible", states the HUR press release.

This implies a serious snare for the Russian armed forces in controlling their drones, which could notably impact their capability to carry out combat operations.

The HUR notes that the Russian armed forces are working strenuously to rectify the problem. Their goal is to restore full functionality of their drone-controlling software as quickly as feasible.

However, it currently remains uncertain how long this predicament will last and what impact it may have on their military operations.

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