21 Apr 2022

West warns of Russian cyber-attacks as concerns rise over Putin’s nuclear rhetoric

The US and four of its closest allies have warned that “evolving intelligence” shows that Russia is contemplating cyber-attacks on countries backing Ukraine, as the Kremlin’s frustration grows at its failure to make military gains. Vladimir Putin used the launch on Wednesday of a powerful new Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM),

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12 Apr 2022

Microsoft disrupts Russian cyberattacks targeting Ukraine by seizing domains

Seven internet domains used by Strontium, a Russian state-sponsored hacking group, were seized by Microsoft last week. This has been part of a years-long investigation into the Russian hacker group, which has allegedly been conducting a series of cyberattacks on Ukraine since the Russian-led invasion started nearly two months ago. Strontium

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12 Apr 2022

Ukraine foiled Russian cyberattack that tried to shut down energy grid

Russian military hackers tried and failed to attack Ukraine’s energy infrastructure last week, the country’s government and a major cybersecurity company said Tuesday. The attack was designed to infiltrate computers connected to multiple substations, then delete all files, which would shut that infrastructure down, according to Ukraine’s summary of the incident. ESET,

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12 Apr 2022

Sandworm rolls out Industroyer2 malware against Ukraine

A new variant of the Industroyer malware, used to great effect against the Ukrainian energy sector by Russia’s Sandworm or Voodoo Bear advanced persistent threat (APT) group in 2016, has been identified by researchers from ESET, working in tandem with Ukraine’s national Computer Emergency Response Team, CERT-UA. Predictably dubbed Industroyer2, it

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11 Apr 2022

Russian-backed hackers broke into Facebook accounts of Ukrainian military officials

A group of hackers with ties to the Belarusian government broke into the Facebook accounts of Ukrainian military officials and posted videos calling on the Ukrainian army to surrender. According to Facebook’s parent company, Meta, the posts appeared as if they were coming from the legitimate account owners. The group of

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11 Apr 2022

Russia scolds Google after alleged ‘dead Russians’ translation option

Russia on Monday demanded Google take immediate steps to remove “threats” against Russians after it said Google Translate had offered some users the option to translate the phrase “dead Russians” instead of “dear Russians”. Russia’s communications regulator said it had demanded Google “immediately take measures to exclude statements of threats

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11 Apr 2022

Microsoft Takes Down Russia’s Strontium Allies Attacking Ukraine

Need additional evidence that private organizations are playing a defining role in curbing and preventing nation-state cyberattacks? Just look at the actions Microsoft recently took to disrupt Russian GRU-connected Strontium’s attacks on Ukrainian targets. Tom Burt, Microsoft corporate vice president of customer service, wrote in a blog post that the tech

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11 Apr 2022

‘The big one is coming’: tech giant’s stark Russia warning

The chief technology officer of $US50 billion ($67 billion) cybersecurity giant CrowdStrike has warned that Russia is still likely to launch large-scale cyberattacks against the West in response to sanctions and accusations of war crimes. Although doomsday predictions about Russian retaliation have so far proved wide of the mark, Australian Mike

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07 Apr 2022

Chinese hackers launch cyberattacks against Ukraine amid war

Hacker groups believed linked to China have launched cyberattacks against Ukraine following Russia’s invasion, according to U.S. security companies. The groups may be trying to gather information on Ukrainian refugees, including the families of Ukrainian dignitaries. Experts say it is still unclear whether the groups support Russia. On March 22, CERT-UA — Ukraine’s

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07 Apr 2022

Russia takes steps to punish Google over YouTube ‘fakes’

Russia’s communications watchdog said on Thursday it was taking steps to punish Google, including a ban on advertising the platform and its information services, for violating Russian law. The measures will apply to Google Search, the Google Play app store, YouTube, YouTube Music, Google Chat and Gmail. Roskomnadzor accused Google’s YouTube

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