Russia is not only indulging in a physical war with Ukraine, but has been consistently attacking it on a digital note via cyber attacks. But thankfully, God and Google seem to be on the side of Ukrainians, as the former has been saving most of them from the physical war, while the latter has been busy saving the nation from digital assaults.
Google’s Threat Analysis Group released a report on this note saying countries like North Korea, China, and Iran were also trying to use the situation by targeting the critical infrastructure of Ukraine. And the motive is simple, to check for susceptibilities in the critical infrastructure and to pass on the information to allies for more exploitation.
In March this year, the Alphabet Inc’s subsidiary issued an alert to CISA that many state-sponsored attacks were being targeted at the United States as it was supporting Ukraine in the war in all forms. Cozy Bear aka Fancy Bear is the state-sponsored group that was found targeting power stations and nuclear reactors in and around Ukraine.
The Biden-led nation knows well how to deal with the situation. But Ukraine needs help on this note, as many of its tech engineers are out of their jobs as they are busy saving the nation or their families.
For this reason, Russia assigned launching phishing attacks against the “Curious George” group against military, logistics, and manufacturing organizations in Ukraine, while its Ghostwriters group was seen sending phishing emails to innocent individuals by spoofing Google Drive and OneDrive websites and luring them to disclose their online service credentials.
Google is not only helping the people of Ukraine by protecting them from cyber attacks, but also assisting them on humanitarian grounds. As it has so far donated $45 million in donations and grants to the International Rescue Committee that is supervising the social work activities in Ukraine, especially in Kyiv and Mariupol.