Ukraine Creates 'IT Army' To Hack Russia And Calls For 'Digital Recruits'
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Mykhailo Fedorov, who is Ukraine’s Vice Prime Minister and Minister for Digital Transformation took to Twitter to say that the country are in need of 'digital recruits'.
Known as 'IT Army of Ukraine', the group already has over 200,000 subscribers at the time of writing with that number increasing rapidly.
Fedorov tweeted on Saturday (26 February): "We are creating an IT army. We need digital talents. All operational tasks will be given here: https://t.me/itarmyofurraine.
"There will be tasks for everyone. We continue to fight on the cyber front.
"The first task is on the channel for cyber specialists."
We are creating an IT army. We need digital talents. All operational tasks will be given here: https://t.co/Ie4ESfxoSn. There will be tasks for everyone. We continue to fight on the cyber front. The first task is on the channel for cyber specialists.— Mykhailo Fedorov (@FedorovMykhailo) February 26, 2022
Fedorov has also been tweeting the likes of Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg to use their platforms and existing products to help combat the Russian's attack on Ukraine.
Mark Zuckerberg, while you create Metaverse — Russia ruins real life in Ukraine! We ask you to ban access to @facebookapp and @instagram from Russia — as long as tanks and missiles attack our kindergartens and hospitals! @Meta.— Mykhailo Fedorov (@FedorovMykhailo) February 27, 2022
@elonmusk, while you try to colonize Mars — Russia try to occupy Ukraine! While your rockets successfully land from space — Russian rockets attack Ukrainian civil people! We ask you to provide Ukraine with Starlink stations and to address sane Russians to stand.— Mykhailo Fedorov (@FedorovMykhailo) February 26, 2022
The SpaceX billionaire later replied to confirm that the company’s Starlink satellite broadband service was now available in Ukraine, also saying that further terminals were ‘en route’.
He tweeted back: “Starlink service is now active in Ukraine. More terminals en route.”
Starlink is a space-based system of satellites that SpaceX has been building for years to bring internet access to underserved areas of the world. It refers to its dishes as 'terminals'.
Musk's mother Maye Musk retweeted her son's message, writing: "Wonderful!"
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