Domain name system threat protection firm DNSFilter Inc. has formed a new group to provide technology and financial support to Ukraine.
The Ukraine Strong Tech Vendor Coalition is inviting technology vendors to provide public support to Ukraine. Those joining the coalition are asked to make a significant cash contribution to charitable organizations helping Ukraine with humanitarian aid and provide Ukrainians with access to free tech services where possible.
The coalition has curated a list of organizations where donations can be made to ensure donations get into the right hands. Although the coalition is pitched at tech companies, anyone else interested in donating is also welcome to do so.
Groups receiving donations from the coalition include Razom, Revived Soldiers Ukraine, Voices of Children, Ukraine Humanitarian Fund and Project CURE
“We refuse to accept a future where this type of aggression goes unchecked,” the coalition website states. “Some of us have personal connections to Ukraine, others are doing this because we simply care. What is happening in Ukraine is a world event, and we want to do what we can. ”
The coalition also highlights that the attack on Ukraine has raised online security concerns, given that Russia has significant cyber capabilities dating back to at least 1996 with the Moonlight Maze data breaches.
Although only launching today, the Ukraine Strong Tech Vendor Coalition already has several notable members. Elastic NV is one member, along with Anaptyx LLC, Adversarial and Arthur Ventures, among others.
Cyberattacks targeting Ukraine are a serious issue. On Feb. 25, the country asked its hacker community to help protect infrastructure before Russia invaded. In the hours before the invasion of Ukraine, Microsoft Corp. detected a new form of malware dubbed “FoxBlade” being used against targets in the country.
Ukraine is one of the leading technology centers in Europe. The business directory Crunchbase lists more than 3,000 companies based in Kyiv alone, most of them in the technology sphere.
SiliconANGLE contacted tech executives in the country to see how they were coping and found anger, fierce patriotism and stoic determination to outlast the invaders despite the vast vastly superior numbers and firepower.