Anonymous used Conti Ransomware to down Russian Satellites

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All these days, Anonymous Group was releasing updates on the cyber attacks it carried out on the critical infrastructure of the Russian Federation in retaliation for Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and Finland in the coming days.

Now, Network Battalion 65, a hackers group related to the Anonymous Group, has released a media update that it infiltrated the network of Roscosmos, the space agency of Russia, and tried to disrupt the operations of some satellites.

Dmitry Rogozin, the ally of the Russian President, condemned the news and added that such fake news stories were being planted by the media run by the west.

He also confirmed that no satellites went out of control on their radar and were conducting their operations normally.

However, Network Battalion 65 claims that it used Conti Ransomware to block the operations of the space agency and steal classical data, which led to the shutdown of several satellite operations connected to imaging and vehicle monitoring systems in Russia.

Highly placed sources from a western media news outlet state that all the Russian spy satellites were taken down and the criminals weren’t ready to unlock the systems even if they are paid millions in ransom and are not bothered even if the figure exceeds double digits.

Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) investigated the incident and concluded that Anonymous might have purchased Conti ransomware from a group offering RaaS services and launched it on the space agency, provided they are paid a large portion in the ransom payment.

NOTE- Roscosmos is a space corporation of the Russian Federation that’s responsible for aerospace research, satellite operations, and cosmonautic programs related to the science and technology of space shuttles.

 

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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