Whenever shells rain down on Ukraine, Yuriy Gatupov’s colleagues put a ‘+’ sign in a chat room. Then, the pluses are counted. “We check if everybody is alive,” he says.
Gatupov, the owner of two cybersecurity companies, says it is vital to stay connected during a time of war. With Russia now controlling around 18% of Ukraine’s territory including Donbas and Crimea, tech workers face formidable challenges. Air raid sirens blast all the time. Explosions are heard in the distance. Power and internet outages are common. Sometimes, code is written in a basement.