On February 24, 2022, Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Russia has called this a “Special Military Operation” for peacekeeping aimed at the “Liberation of Ukraine”. The facts illustrate something altogether different as destruction has been massive and civilian populations have suffered greatly. The war has cost the lives of 2,000 civilians, and the war refugee count is now over 1M. Russia continues to distort the truth, misleading its own citizens, and trying to misinform the world with fake news about the situation in Ukraine.
The world has largely rallied to support Ukraine as nations implement the “Special Financial Operation” to withstand Russia’s aggression. Most notably, the White House has imposed sweeping sanctions on Russia’s largest financial organizations to cripple its economy. Many large companies have rallied in support of the sanctions by ceasing deliveries, suspending product sales, implementing enormous restrictions, or abandoning the Russian market. These are Apple, Google, AMD, Boeing, Cisco Systems, Dell, Dropbox, Ericsson, Exxon Mobile Corp., FedEx, HP, Intel, Nokia, and Walt Disney Company. Complying with the sanctions requires organizations to cease dealings with their Russian customers. This includes, but is not limited to:
In addition, Mastercard Inc. and Visa Inc. have blocked many Russian activities from their payment networks. The list of US sanctions imposed on Russia is increasing, however, the aggressor continues its attack on the truth by spreading misinformation.
Unfortunately, some global tech leaders have failed to join their industry peers in adopting tough stances on Russia. It seems these few companies have prioritized revenue over values. As an example, Russia still uses the solutions provided by US industry-leading tech organizations, including AWS, Imperva, Akamai, Sucuri, and Cloudflare, that deliver DDoS protection services for Russian and Belarusian websites. Continuing to provide access to these defensive measures, these companies have tacitly chosen a side and should address their rationale for supporting Russia in the face of tight sanctions and strong signals from the majority of industry peers that have chosen to do the right thing.
SOC Prime urges all US organizations to stop supporting the aggressor and protecting web assets that keep on spreading fake news, lies, and propaganda to their own citizens and the world that is forced to consume this misinformation. In war, there are no innocent bystanders. Sanctions, to be effective, must be consistent and applied broadly. Those vendors, continuing to protect Russian assets from DDoS attacks, should immediately cease this support or answer for their rationale.
We appeal to fellow InfoSec practitioners and the whole cybersecurity community to sign the petition to prevent Russia from spreading lies:
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We ask you to support us. Continued global collaboration and your contribution will ensure that only the truth is known.
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