House lawmakers eye Russian cyber threat to Ukraine

Rep. Brendan Boyle
Rep. Brendan Boyle authored the Ukraine Cybersecurity Cooperation Act. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images

The House on Wednesday evening cleared a bill — the Ukraine Cybersecurity Cooperation Act — pushing the State Department to increase cooperation with Ukraine over shared Russian cybersecurity threats.

Why it matters: Ukraine’s efforts to separate its government from Russia have positioned the nation as a primary target of Russian cyber campaigns (and, in Crimea, military actions). The digital threats in Ukraine are also frequently interpreted as a test bed for attacks to be used across the world.