The 4th of May, Cyber News


All democratic countries of the world are helping Ukraine to resist russian attacks in cyberspace

All governments in democracies — the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, most EU countries and others — offer their assistance to Ukraine in cyber defense. «Each country offers the best technology at its disposal. These are very diverse proposals. All of them are very useful and interesting. We are grateful to everyone who helps us,» said Viktor Zhora, Deputy Head of the State Service of Special Communication. Ukraine is also supported by such leading companies as Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Cisco, Oracle and others [1].



Attacks of IT ARMY of Ukraine

On May 4, IT ARMY of Ukraine continues to attack the unified state automated information system for tracking the turnover of alcohol and alcohol-containing products «USAIS», and returns to 1C services to cause failures on the last day of submission of some reports [2].



Israel seeks to create an Iron Dome to curb the rise of cyberattacks

According to cybersecurity firm Check Point (CHKP.O), in the first three months of 2022, the average number of weekly attacks on Israeli companies increased by 137%, to almost 1,500 per week. Israel is concerned about the number of attempts to hack government websites and plans to create a new cybersecurity system. On May 2, the Israeli government instructed communications companies to intensify their cybersecurity efforts. The Ministry of Communications and the National Cyber ​​Government of Israel have announced the introduction of new rules in compliance with mandatory and unified standards. Under the new rules, firms must formulate plans to protect communications networks, using a combination of monitoring and control mechanisms to create an up-to-date picture of cybersecurity while ensuring confidentiality [3], [4].

The phones of the Prime Minister and the Minister of Defense of Spain have been hacked by a spyware program

The Spanish government said on May 2 that the phones of Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Defense Minister Margarita Robles had been targeted by Pegasus spyware. During an emergency press conference, the head of the Prime Minister’s Administration Felix Bolaños said that in May and June 2021, “external” forces completely broke the government’s mobile communications. The government also said Sanchez’s phone had been infected twice, and large amounts of data had been removed from both phones. Bolaños said that it had been an external interference in the phones from outside the Spanish authorities, which was considered illegal. The government is currently investigating whether the phones of other high-ranking officials have been hacked. Recent investigations have shown that Pegasus, developed by the Israeli company NSO Group, is used by government agencies and other organizations around the world to monitor politicians, journalists and activists [5], [6].

DeFi users have lost $ 1.6 billion in cryptocurrency since the beginning of 2022 due to cyber attacks

In the first four months of 2022 alone, more than $ 1.6 billion in cryptocurrency was stolen from DeFi users in excess of the total amount stolen in 2020 ($ 516 million) and 2021 ($ 1.3 billion) combined. This is evidenced by the results of an analysis conducted by CertiK, a blockchain security company. The largest amount was stolen in March — 719.2 million dollars, which is 200 million more than was stolen in 2020. The March figure is related to the Ronin Bridge explosion, which led to the theft of cryptocurrencies worth more than $ 600 million. In April, CertiK recorded 31 major incidents, almost one a day. Beanstalk Farms lost $ 181 million in cryptocurrencies during the biggest theft on the Ethereum-based stablecoin protocol. The hacker received about 76 million dollars, writes Cointelegraph. Fei Protocol lost nearly $ 80 million in April and another $ 10 million to Saddle Finance. Both protocols appealed to the attackers on Twitter with an offer of reward in exchange for the return of stolen funds. The chances of this are small [7].

The 4th of May, Cyber News