The 1st of July, Cyber News


Hackers who Attack Ukraine Are Financed by russia

The first large-scale war in cyberspace is underway. And Ukraine and the USA are the two countries that russian hackers attack the most. Yuriy Shchygol, head of the State Service of Special Communication, told about this in an interview with Liga.Tech. «The hackers who are attacking us, trying to destroy the Ukrainian infrastructure, are financed by the russian state. 90% of russian hacker groups belong to the security forces. These are the GRU and the Main Office of the General Staff» says Yuriy Shchygol. Since the beginning of the full-scale war, russia has carried out 796 cyber attacks against Ukraine. This is three times more than in the same period last year. But their quality is declining. «It turned out that russia is not as strong as it has been promoted in recent years. None of their attacks achieved the goals they set for themselves,» the head of the State Intelligence Service emphasized. Currently, Ukrainian systems are protected, in particular thanks to the professionalism of our specialists and international cooperation. [1]


The IT army of Ukraine Have hacked the largest russian online Shopping Site

The roseltorg platform, owned by the Moscow government and VTB Bank, could not withstand a massive DDoS attack by Ukrainian hacktivists. The latter managed to obtain the data of about 500,000 citizens of russia. The IT Army of Ukraine reported on the hacking of the largest operator of electronic trading for state customers and commercial enterprises of the russian Federation in its Telegram channel. Hackers have promised to make the data of hundreds of thousands of russians publicly available. The hacking of the website of the federal operator of online auctions of the russian Federation by the Ukrainian cyber army is a great success, since this site is the largest for conducting online auctions, in particular government procurement. It has existed for 13 years, during which time the volume of trades exceeded 33 trillion rubles (more than $627 billion at the rate of the Central Bank of russia as of June 30). Its clients are large banks, commercial enterprises and state companies: rosatom, Lukoil, Alrosa, rostelecom, rosseti, etc. [2]


NATO’s New Strategic Concept Emphasizes the Extremely Important Role of Cyber Security in the Modern World

NATO adopted a new strategic concept of the alliance. In addition to recognizing russia as the main threat to the security of allies, the extremely important role of cyber security in the modern world was emphasized. NATO countries emphasized that cyberspace is an area of ​​constant confrontation. The goal of cyber criminals is to destroy critical infrastructure, interfere with the work of government services, obtain intelligence data, steal intellectual property, and disrupt military operations. To counter these actions, the Alliance countries are tasked with accelerating digital transformation and adapting NATO’s command structure to the needs of the «information age», as well as improving cyber defense, networks and related infrastructure. Special attention will be paid to the introduction of innovations and increased investment in new and revolutionary technologies. The document is a guide for the alliance countries for the coming years. Ukraine should also consider these approaches. After all, we not only actively cooperate with NATO countries in the field of cyber security, but are also a member of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE). [3]

Israel’s New «Iron Dome»: the State Plans to Create a System of Protection Against Cyber Threats

The Ministry of Communications and the National Cyber ​​Authority of Israel announced the implementation of new rules that must meet mandatory and uniform standards. According to the new rules, companies must develop plans to protect communication networks using a combination of monitoring and control mechanisms, which will allow obtaining an up-to-date picture of cyber protection, while ensuring confidentiality. «We are trying to set the right standard for communications companies to protect Israel and create a kind of ‘Iron Dome’ in cyber security. Every year we suffer from a thousand cyber attacks,» said Minister of Communications Yoaz Handel. «Communications are an attractive target for cyberattacks by hostile elements,» Handel said, referring to the potential damage or disruption of services and information leakage. In the first three months of 2022, the number of weekly attacks on Israeli companies increased by 137% to almost 1,500 per week, according to the cybersecurity firm Check Point. [4]