Crypto donors, hackers aiding Ukraine drone defenses
In their continued defense against Russia’s invasion, Ukraine’s technophile officials are turning two beloved geek archetypes – crypto currency fans and hackers – to reinforce the nation’s impressive deployment of military, adapted consumer, and specialized DIY drones for emergency, medical, humanitarian, surveillance, and even attack purposes.
This week Ukraine’s vice prime minister of Ukraine and minister of digital transformation, Myhailo Fedorov, posted a pair of tweets highlighting his organization’s embrace of its geekier side to aid the nation’s struggle against Russia. In the first he detailed how Ukraine spent nearly $12 million from a total of $60 million in crypto currency donations to procure drones, and in the second he called on all able and ready programmers to join the nation’s “first military Drone Hackathon.”
Neither announcement will be particularly good news to the far better armed Russian forces whose…