The attackers may have already broken into the electrical company’s systems in February, Ukrainian officials said, but they stress that some details of the attack, including how the burglars made their way into the company’s systems, are still pending. were not known.
Officials declined to name the company that suffered the breach and the region in which its substations are located, citing fears of continued cyberattacks.
“It goes without saying that the attacker’s team, the malefactors, had enough time to be very thoroughly prepared and they planned the execution at a refined level of high quality,” said Victor Zhora, the deputy head of the cybersecurity agency of Ukraine, the State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection. “It seems we are very fortunate that we were able to respond to this cyber attack in time.”
Ukrainian companies in finance, media and energy have been subjected to regular cyber attacks since the war began, according to Mr. Zhora. His agency said that since the invasion of Russia began, it had recorded three times as many attacks as it had in the previous year.
The use of wiper malware has become a persistent problem in Ukraine since the war began, with attacks hitting Ukraine’s critical infrastructure, including government agencies responsible for food security, finance and law enforcement, cybersecurity researchers said.
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Hackers have also hacked into communications systems, including satellite communications services and telecom companies. Investigations into the breaches are ongoing, although cybersecurity analysts and U.S. officials believe Russia is responsible. Other hacking groups, including one linked to Belarus, have hacked into the systems of media companies and social media accounts of high-profile military officials, trying to spread disinformation claiming that Ukraine intended to to give.
“They focus on critical infrastructure; however, these attempts were not so sophisticated compared to today’s recent attack, “Mr Zhora said of the recent hacking campaigns against Ukrainian companies.