Google confirms Russian cyber-attacks on Ukraine

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After two days in this month, the war between Ukraine and Russian will enter its second year after completing one full year. And to make things worse, the Putin led nation is also found launching digital attacks simultaneously on the critical infrastructure of Ukraine for the past six months.

Google, the internet giant of the world, has confirmed the news after releasing a joint report on this note with Mandiant.

Google’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG) has witnessed in its study a 250% raise in the percentage of attacks last year, i.e., 2022. And the surge was the highest when compared to the data available for the past two years.

Meaning, GRU (Russian Intelligence) was constantly testing by digitally intercepting the IT infrastructure of Ukraine since 2019. But it raised the intensity bar after launching attacks on the Zelensky led nation from early hours of February 24th 2022.

Mandiant, now a security subsidiary of the Alphabet Inc’s business, said that it observed more destructive cyber-attacks on Ukraine during the first 4-6 months of the past year when compared to the previous 8 years.

Disclosing the list, at least 8 wiper strains were found hitting Ukraine networks since March’22 and two ransomware variants were found targeting the government agencies led by the Volodymyr Zelenskyy led nation.

But all thanks to the Britain’s cyber army that has been training and protecting Ukraine’s cyber forces for the past 6-8 months, no big disruption or blockage to the digital services was observed.

NOTE 1- Although innocent citizens are suffering a lot from the war between Moscow and Kyiv, the leaders of both nations are disinterested in heading for peace talks. As Vladimir Putin is ready to head for the peace talk, only when west withdraws support to Ukraine. And on the other hand, Zelensky doesn’t want to talk with Putin, as his war mindset has claimed many innocent lives, including both army men and civilians.

NOTE2- Britain and France have already expressed their helplessness to help Zelensky as their ammunition resources are depleting. And so, the President of Ukraine is in talks with United States President Joe Biden to regain supply of funds, ammunition and essentials at least till May this year.

 

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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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