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Russian Sandworm Hackers Impersonate Ukrainian Telecoms to Distribute Malware

Russian Sandworm Hackers Impersonate Ukrainian Telecoms to Distribute Malware

September 20, 2022Ravie Lakshmanan
A threat cluster linked to the Russian nation-state actor tracked as Sandworm has continued its targeting of Ukraine with commodity malware by masquerading as telecom providers, new findings show. Recorded Future said it discovered new infrastructure belonging to UAC-0113 that mimics operators like Datagroup and EuroTransTelecom to deliver payloads such as  Colibri loader  and  Warzone RAT . The attacks are said to be an expansion of the  same campaign  that previously distributed  DCRat  (or DarkCrystal RAT) using phishing emails with legal aid-themed lures against providers of telecommunications in Ukraine. Sandworm is a  destructive Russian threat group  that's best known for carrying out attacks such as the 2015 and 2016 targeting of Ukrainian electrical grid and 2017's NotPetya attacks. It's confirmed to be Unit 74455 of Russia's GRU military intelligence agency. The adversarial collective, also known as Voodoo Bear, sought to damage high-voltage electrical s
Russian Hackers Tried Attacking Ukraine's Power Grid with Industroyer2 Malware

Russian Hackers Tried Attacking Ukraine's Power Grid with Industroyer2 Malware

April 13, 2022Ravie Lakshmanan
The Computer Emergency Response Team of Ukraine (CERT-UA) on Tuesday  disclosed  that it thwarted a cyberattack by Sandworm , a hacking group affiliated with Russia's military intelligence, to sabotage the operations of an unnamed energy provider in the country. "The attackers attempted to take down several infrastructure components of their target, namely: Electrical substations, Windows-operated computing systems, Linux-operated server equipment, [and] active network equipment," the State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection of Ukraine (SSSCIP)  said  in a statement. Slovak cybersecurity firm ESET, which collaborated with CERT-UA to analyze the attack, said the attempted intrusion involved the use of ICS-capable malware and regular disk wipers, with the adversary unleashing an updated variant of the  Industroyer  malware, which was first deployed in a 2016 assault on Ukraine's power grid. "The Sandworm attackers made an attempt to d
U.S. Charges 6 Russian Intelligence Officers Over Destructive Cyberattacks

U.S. Charges 6 Russian Intelligence Officers Over Destructive Cyberattacks

October 20, 2020Ravie Lakshmanan
The US government on Monday formally charged six Russian intelligence officers for carrying out destructive malware attacks with an aim to disrupt and destabilize other nations and cause monetary losses. The individuals, who work for Unit 74455 of the Russian Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU), have been accused of perpetrating the "most disruptive and destructive series of computer attacks ever attributed to a single group," according to the Justice Department ( DoJ ). All the six men — Yuriy Sergeyevich Andrienko, Sergey Vladimirovich Detistov, Pavel Valeryevich Frolov, Anatoliy Sergeyevich Kovalev, Artem Valeryevich Ochichenko, and Petr Nikolayevich Pliskin — have been charged with seven counts of conspiracy to conduct computer fraud and abuse, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, damaging protected computers, and aggravated identity theft. "The object of the conspiracy was to deploy destructive malware and take other disruptive actions, for the strateg
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