State Service of Special Communications records a further increase in the number of cyber incidents and cyber attacks on state information resources and objects of critical information infrastructure since the beginning of the war.
In the III quarter of 2022, 24 billion information security (IS) events were processed with the help of the System of Vulnerability Detection and Response to Cyber Incidents and Cyber Attacks. The number of registered and processed cyber incidents increased from 64 to 115 compared to the previous quarter. The number of IS events with a high level of criticality increased by 3.8 times, the number of registered cyber incidents with a high level of criticality increased by 128%.1
The statistics of the State Service of Special Communications regarding the distribution of cyber attacks by month are quite telling. If in February (from February 1 to 23) about 143 thousand attacks were carried out on the public sector, then in the following months this number increased rapidly 2:
3.2 million attacks in two decades of April,
42.7 million attacks in May,
27.7 million – in June,
32.3 million attacks in July,
28.7 million attacks in August,
25.1 million in September.
According to Ilya Vityuk, head of the Cyber Security Department of the SBU, on average, the russian federation carries out more than 10 cyber attacks on Ukraine per day. Most of them remain unnoticed by society, but not by specialists who repel and localize them. 3
The main goal of hackers is cyberespionage, disruption of the availability of state information services and destruction of information system data. Specialists of the State Center for Cyber Protection have recorded a significant increase in the distribution of malicious software that enables hackers to steal data or destroy it altogether.
By attribution, the absolute majority of cyber incidents are related to hacker groups funded by the government of the russian federation. In particular, this is UAC-0010 (Gamaredon) and others. In the third quarter of 2022, the main targets of hackers from the russian federation were the financial and commercial sectors, as well as Ukrainian state and local authorities. The largest share of information security events can be attributed to APT groups and hacktivists.1
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