Russian Military Embraces Blockchain to Fight Hackers

The Russian defense ministry gets on board with blockchain to uncover and prevent hack attacks.

The defense ministry of the Russian Federation is setting up a unique research laboratory in the ERA technology park, where blockchain technologies will be developed and applied to enhance cybersecurity and fight cyber assaults on critical information infrastructure, Izvestia reports.

Experts believe that blockchain will help the army track the origin of hack attacks and improve its databases security in general.

Blockchain technologies help to trace hack attacks, according to Kaspersky Lab anti-virus expert Alexey Malanov, who added:

"A trespasser often clears the permission log to hide traces of unauthorized access to the device. However, if the log is distributed among several devices (for example, via blockchain technology), this risk can be minimized."

Being an innovative and useful technology, blockchain can be successfully applied both in business and in the army. Viruses change data or software code and try to mask it from data integrity controllers. Meanwhile, blockchain can store the reference code and ensure independent verification and data/code validity.

Apart from the private network used to transfer secret code word information, the defense ministry has Internet-enabled systems and devices. Various administrative departments within the ministry use them for accountancy and workflow management, which makes them potentially vulnerable to hack attacks.

German Klimenko, chairman of the Digital Economy Development Fund, says:

"Currently, the ministry of defense is driving major IT developments and research endeavors, which is a good thing for the industry."

The 8th Directorate of General Staff, which is responsible for information security and state secrets protection, will be in charge of the R&D carried out in the Anapa-based ERA technopark. ERA specializes in building intelligent systems that can be used to detect and prevent computer attacks on information infrastructure of military forces. In the future, it is expected to become an IT industry hub for specialists from all over the country.

NATO and the Pentagon are also researching the "defense" ways of blockchain applications. The technology is actively used to protect systems from cyber attacks. NATO will use blockchain to safeguard financial information, supply, and logistics chains, while the Pentagon is working on a hack-proof data transfer system.