Ukrainian officials said the attackers may have broken into the power company’s systems as early as February, but they emphasized some details of the attack, including how the intruders into the company’s system, is still unknown.
Officials declined to name the company that was breached and the region where its substations are located, citing concerns about continued cyberattacks.
Victor Zhora, deputy director of Ukraine’s cybersecurity agency, said: “It is clear that the team of the invaders, the imposters, had enough time to prepare very thoroughly and they planned to do it. present at a sophisticated, high-quality level. State Service for Special Communications and Information Protection. “It seems like we were very fortunate to be able to react in time to this cyberattack.”
According to Mr. Zhora, Ukraine’s financial, media and energy companies have been subjected to frequent cyber attacks since the beginning of the war. His agency said that since the Russian invasion began, it has recorded three times more attacks than the previous year.
The use of wiper malware has been a persistent problem in Ukraine since the start of the war, with attacks targeting critical infrastructure, cybersecurity researchers say. of Ukraine, including government agencies responsible for food safety, finance and law enforcement.
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Hackers have also broken into communications systems, including satellite communications services and telecommunications companies. Investigations into those breaches are continuing, although cybersecurity analysts and US officials believe Russia is responsible. Other hacking groups, including one affiliated with Belarus, broke into the systems of media companies and the social media accounts of senior military officials, attempting to spread disinformation and propaganda. Ukraine’s father plans to surrender.
“They are targeting critical infrastructure; however, these efforts are not so sophisticated compared to today’s recent attack,” Zhora said of the recent campaign of attacks against Ukrainian companies.