The 12th of May, Cyber News


Ukrainian hackers have improved their cyber weapons against russia: anyone can attack

 The developers have added to the Liberator program Multitarget, which enhances DDoS attacks and allows you to hit many targets at once. Multitarget in Liberator 0.2.0 allows you to independently participate in setting up the process; to hit several targets at the same time; enter the number of threads to control power. As explained in disBalancer, opening the program, the user can enter the number of traffic flows that differ from the parameter that is recommended, for example, hitting more than three targets, increase the intensity of attacks. The updated Liberator supports any number of streams, but the built-in speed limiter stops processing requests until a certain amount of time has elapsed. This allows you to run the program and allow it to run unattended for a long time [1].

Elon Musk reported attempts ofrussian hackers to hack Starlink

Viasat modems failed on February 24 in Ukraine and abroad, and many analysts blame russian hackers for this. Elon Musk, who gave Ukraine a connection to Starlink, also reports attempts to hack it. In his official Twitter account, the billionaire said that russian cybercriminals are stepping up efforts to try to put satellite Internet in Ukraine. Starlink connects critical infrastructure and the military. Failure of the system while destroying fixed networks can lead to unpredictable consequences. It is known that Viasat hacked many civilian objects, the army and ordinary users without communication. The consequences of this cyberattack have been felt for a long time [2], [3].

Cybersecurity reform: the government wants to take control of the state domain GOV.UA 

The Verkhovna Rada registered a bill on the registration of domain names №7357, which relates to the control over the state domain zone GOV.UA. Today, the administrator of the GOV.UA domain is a privately owned business entity — Hostmaster LLC, which provides measures for administrative support of the special public domain, ensuring its operability and provides measures for technical support of the Register. Therefore, there is an unfavorable situation, because the private company, by law, has no right to influence the executive, other state and local governments, to oblige to implement and monitor the implementation of the law of this category of entities. As a result, the initiators of the bill came to the conclusion that there is a need that the functions of administration and technical support of domain names in the GOV.UA should be separated and the administrative function should be performed exclusively by public authorities and not by private ownership. «Conditionally speaking, these were abandoned information platforms located in the GOV.UA state zone. Those who wanted could use them, I even found there, for example, the site GOV.UA, which offers animal feed or a huge pile of pornographic content and so on. Therefore, the main purpose of the bill is to conduct an appropriate audit of all government sites. To whom do they belong, on what basis do they belong. If there are abandoned sites, close them, cancel them, and further, so that the state controls everything related to the GOV.UA domain zone», – explained the Deputy Chairman of the Committee, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Digital and Smart Infrastructure, Electronic Communications, Cybersecurity and Cyber ​​Defense Alexander Fedienko Council on Digital Transformation [4].  



Behind the break of the russian rutube is the group Anonymous

The platform did not work for three days. Almost 75% of the databases and infrastructure of the main version of the platform are affected, as well as 90% of the backup and cluster for database recovery. Despite assurances from experts and Anonymous themselves that rutube will not be able to fix after the hack, after almost three days of downtime, video hosting has started, but with glitches. However, every day of downtime turned into a loss of money. Experts estimate them at 500 million – 1 billion rubles a day. It is noteworthy that the management of the video platform knew about the vulnerability of the service in advance, and even tried to eliminate it. But he came across an unscrupulous contractor, received an inoperable solution to problems and spent, according to media reports, 407 million rubles [5], [6], [7].

IT army of Ukraine

IT army of Ukraine has attacked a task manager of Week, an alternative to Trello [8], [9].

The 12th of May, Cyber News


Canada provides intelligence on cyber threats to Ukraine

Canada, along with its allies and partners, accuses russia of a cyberattack targeting Viasat’s satellite Internet in Ukraine, which has also disrupted Internet connections in several European countries. «Canada has investigated that the russian military was behind the incident. «Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine, its malicious cyber activity and blatant disinformation campaigns are unacceptable and must be stopped,» said a joint statement from Canada’s foreign, defense and public security ministers. They said that Canada, together with the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and EU member states, would continue to develop a stable cyberspace that was «built on the applicability and respect of international law and responsible behavior in cyberspace». The statement also said the country would provide Ukraine with valuable intelligence and cyber assistance to counter russian aggression [10], [11]. 

The Ministry of Defense and the Italian Senate have been hacked

The sites of a number of Italian government agencies have been subjected to cyber attacks, for which the Killnet hackers’ association has claimed responsibility, according to the Italian newspaper Messaggero. According to it, as a result of the attack, in particular, the websites of the Italian Senate and the Ministry of Defense are not available. The newspaper claims that the cyber attack was carried out by hackers from russia. In its telegram channel, the hackers published a list of sites that have been hacked, with the caption «attack on Italy». In addition to the sites of the Senate and the Ministry of Defense, hackers also attacked the sites of Di Lucca High School, the Higher Institute of Health, and some other institutions [12].