23 Aug 2019

Employees connect nuclear plant to the internet so they can mine cryptocurrency

Earlier this year, several employees at a nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine connected part of the internal network to the Internet in order to mine cryptocurrency, authorities said. The Ukrainian Secret Service (SBU) is investigating the incident to check if attackers may have used the Internet-facing mining rigs (computers

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29 Jul 2019

Facebook removes fake accounts from Thailand, Russia, Ukraine, Honduras

Facebook has purged 294 accounts, 1,509 pages and 32 groups from Thailand, Russia, Ukraine and Honduras from its platform, the social media giant announced last week. The deleted resources, which had over 274,000 total followers, had been engaged in “coordinated inauthentic behavior,” such as misinformation campaigns and cyber scams. The deleted

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25 Apr 2019

Russia offers passports to east Ukraine, president-elect decries ‘aggressor state’

In an apparent move toward the annexation of eastern Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday signed legislation that makes it easier for residents of separatist-controlled eastern Ukraine to become Russian citizens. While Putin stated he did not want to create problems for Ukrainian president-elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy and was merely

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16 Apr 2019

This malware campaign is targeting the military with phony emails from a defence contractor

FireEye has released details on a sophisticated cyber espionage campaign targeting the Ukrainian government. Threat actors are impersonating a defense contractor from the UK in spear phishing emails that are being send to Ukrainian military departments. The messages contain a malicious attachment that will install powerful malware on the device

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29 Mar 2019

In Ukraine, Russia Tests a New Facebook Tactic in Election Tampering

With the Ukrainian Presidential elections only days away, candidates are nervous about Russian interference efforts, while security officials are doing everything they can to undermine hacking and disinformation campaigns carried out by Moscow-backed hackers and trolls. Early in the campaign, Ukrainian authorities took down a Russian operation aimed at obtaining

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18 Mar 2019

Ukraine Ready to Take on Russian Election Hackers

Ukrainian security officials say that they are “ready to repel […] cyber attacks” launched by Russian state-backed hackers in an ongoing attempt to undermine the legitimacy of Ukraine’s presidential elections that will take place on 31 March. Ukraine recently held joint defense exercises with the European Union (EU) in order

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06 Mar 2019

NATO seeks to bolster Ukraine defences amid ‘Russian aggression’

In a speech to the US Congress, the NATO commander for Europe stated that he aims to help Ukraine defend itself against increasing Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine and in the Black Sea. Last year, Russia seized three Ukrainian ships while they were trying to pass the Kerch Strait that

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26 Feb 2019

The Dark Side of the Kremlin: Hacked Russian documents explained

On Monday, a massive database totaling 170 gigabytes of confidential data relating to prominent Russian political figures, business leaders, religious leaders and the Russian military, was published online by hackers belonging to Distributed Denial of Secrets (DDoS). DDoS describes itself as a “transparency collective” made up of mostly Ukrainian and

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20 Feb 2019

Ukraine Announces Joint Exercises with EU to Fend Off Russian Cyber Threats

Ukraine has announced that it will hold joint defense exercises with the European Union (EU) before the country’s March 31 presidential election. The Secretary of the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council stated that “[t]he available information indicates that Russia intends to use the entire existing arsenal, including cybernetic means, to

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14 Feb 2019

Ukrainian official: Hacking intensifies as election nears

The head of Ukraine’s cyber-police, Serhii Demediuk, is warning that increased Russian hacking efforts are targeting the upcoming presidential elections in the country. He predicts that attacks will continue to be launched before, on and after March 31, election day, in an attempt to disrupt the voting itself as well as the subsequent

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