Russia has launched a full-scale military invasion into the country of Ukraine and with that comes the increased risk of cyber-attacks across the globe. Over the last couple weeks, we have seen many of these threats come to fruition as Ukrainian web sites were defaced and taken offline. New strains of data-destroying malware were also found to be deployed on critical government systems. Below are some of the most current cyber incidents that are taking place as a result of recent Russian aggression.
More than 70 Ukrainian government website have been defaced in cyberattacks (npr.org)
In a call conducted by Mary Louise Kelly, NPR’s cyber security correspondent Jenna McLaughlin detailed a series of cyber attacks that left about 70 Ukrainian government websites defaced. Hackers posted concerning messages in multiple languages telling viewers to be afraid and expect the worst. Jenna says these attacks are unsophisticated operations linked to a hacking group located in Russia and Belarus.
Ukrainian crisis: ‘Wiper’ discovered in latest cyber-attacks (bbc.com)
Late last week, BBC reported that while the websites of several Ukrainian banks and government offices became inaccessible, “wiper” malware was also being deployed on compromised systems. This malware aims to locate and destroy data residing on system drives. “ESET telemetry shows that the malware was installed on hundreds of machines in the country.”
Biden has been presented with options for massive cyberattacks against Russia (nbcnews.com)
Last Thursday, NBC News reported that President Biden had been presented with a menu of options for the United States to carry out impactful cyber attacks against Russia in a response to their recent military action against Ukraine. Two U.S. intelligence officials say that while no final decision has been made, all options remain on the table. “You could do everything from slow the trains down to have them fall off the tracks,” one person briefed on the matter said.
Russian ransomware gang threatens countries that punish Moscow for Ukraine invasion (politico.com)
Last Friday, Politico reported that a Russian ransomware gang, Conti, was making threats to hack the critical infrastructure of any nation or organization that retaliates against Russia for its recent military operations in Ukraine. The Conti gang issued its full support for the Russian government. This group is well known for launching government sponsored cyber attacks across the globe that have had devastating impacts.
Anonymous Hacking Group Declares “Cyber War” Against Russia (infosecurity-magazine.com)
The hacking group Anonymous has made it known that they will be launching a retaliatory cyber campaign against the Russian government following the special military operation launched by President Putin in Ukraine. Posted on their official Twitter account last Thursday read “The Anonymous collective is officially in cyber war against the Russian government. #Anonymous #Ukraine.” Shortly after this tweet was posted, the group claimed to have taken down multiple Russian government websites.
The United States government has issued strong warnings to organizations that reiterate the need to have a strong security posture during these times of uncertainty. nGuard account executives are ready to discuss any and all cyber security needs to help boost the readiness of your organization.