A decade later, the 2014 Ukrainian Revolution finally overthrew the country’s Kremlin-backed president, Viktor Yanukovych (a leader whose longtime political adviser, Paul Manafort, would go on to run the US presidential campaign of Donald Trump).
Russian troops promptly annexed the Crimean Peninsula in the south and invaded the Russian-speaking eastern region known as Donbass.
But as proofs of concept, the attacks set a new precedent: In Russia’s shadow, the decades-old nightmare of hackers stopping the gears of modern society has become a reality. They were part of a digital blitzkrieg that has pummeled Ukraine for the past three years—a sustained cyberassault unlike any the world has ever seen.
A hacker army has systematically undermined practically every sector of Ukraine: media, finance, transportation, military, politics, energy.
Witnesses told police that the juvenile brought the gun into a Sherwood home where he played Russian Roulette, a game "consisting of spinning the cylinder of a revolver loaded with one cartridge, pointing the muzzle at one's own head, and pulling the trigger," according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.
Witnesses told police that the victim did not ask others to participate in the game.
The 40-year-old Ukrainian cybersecurity researcher and his family were an hour into Oliver Stone’s film when their building abruptly lost power.“The hackers don’t want us to finish the movie,” Yasinsky’s wife joked.