On Monday, a senior cybersecurity official said that the phones of Ukrainian officials had been targeted by hackers as Russia pursues its invasion of Ukraine.
The deputy head of Ukraine’s State Special Communications Service, Victor Zhora, said that phones used by Ukraine’s public servants were the subject of sustained targeting.
At an online news conference held to mark the 100 days since Russian forces invaded, Zhora said, “we see a lot of attempts to hack Ukrainian officials’ phones, mainly with the spreading of malware.” Zhora also said that his service, so far, had not seen any evidence that Ukrainian devices had been compromised.
The ability to invisibly and remotely hack into phones using sophisticated spy software is a particular concern. Specifically, the “zero click” hack that requires no interaction from the victim.
Zhora said: “We continue monitoring this.”