Tech giants accidentally become Ukraine’s weapon against Russia


Tech giants have unexpectedly become Ukraine ‘s weapon against Russia . Ukraine signed contracts with Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, Oracle and Google after Ukraine passed a law in February allowing private cloud service providers to host government data outside Ukraine. Ukraine’s digital transformation minister, Mykhailo Fedorov, said that days after Russia invaded Ukraine, a missile destroyed a data center in Kyiv where information was stored. All data backups have been moved to other European countries without any damage, he said. In the days following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, AWS used multiple suitcase-sized storage devices called Snowballs to quickly download and back up Ukrainian government data, from land registers to tax records, and send it to safety, Then upload to the cloud.

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