Russia Chose Targets for Its Missile Attack by Hacking Surveillance Cameras in Kyiv, Kharkiv

( – Russia spent the holiday season bombing Ukraine. At the end of December, it carried out the largest missile attack since the beginning of the war. The Ukrainian government has now revealed how the enemy forces knew what to attack.

On January 2, the Russians bombarded Kyiv and Kharkiv with nearly 100 missiles. The attacks on Kyiv left four people dead and injured approximately 70. The military is targeting Ukraine’s critical infrastructure, including its energy systems.

Later that day, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) posted a statement on Telegram accusing Russia of hacking two surveillance cameras. They reportedly used the cameras to spy on the Ukrainian Defense Forces in Kyiv. The Russian military then used the intelligence it gathered from the spying to target the city’s critical infrastructure.

One of the cameras was located in a residential complex’s parking lot. It’s generally used to watch the vehicles. The other camera was on the balcony of an apartment building and was used by a condominium for security purposes.

The SBU said that it has now blocked the cameras. Since the beginning of the war, Ukraine has blocked some 10,000 cameras that were used by Russia to spy. Authorities have also asked residents to stop using webcams and stop broadcasting online from their devices. Residents were also asked to report any instances of other people streaming from live cameras.

The Financial Times reported that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said rescue workers had to put out fires and search through rubble for survivors. “The absolute majority of them targeted civilian infrastructure,” the president stated.

Zelenskyy said that since December 31, the Russian military has fired 170 missiles and drones at his country. He thanked everyone who has helped Ukraine fight back and try to protect itself against the enemy forces.

Ukraine’s air defense system was able to intercept 72 of the missiles and drones.

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