CyberScoop: Ukraine warns of ‘massive cyberattacks’ coming from Russia on critical infrastructure sites

 

The Russian government is planning “massive cyberattacks” against Ukrainian critical infrastructure facilities to “increase the effect of missile strikes on electrical supply facilities,” the Ukrainian government said Monday.

  • The Russians are also planning to “increase the intensity of the DDoS attacks on the critical infrastructure of Ukraine’s closest allies, primarily Poland and the Baltic state,” the country’s Defense Intelligence agency said in a statement posted to a Ukrainian government website.
  • “The experience of cyberattacks on Ukraine’s energy systems in 2015 and 2016 will be used when conducting operations,” the agency said in the statement. Russian military intelligence hackers infamously targeted the Ukrainian power grid in the 2016 “Industroyer” attack, which followed the December 2015 BlackEnergy attacks.
  • “Many of the disruptive and destructive cyber attacks we have seen thus far have been disrupted, isolated, or largely limited to Ukraine, where there is intense focus,” said John Hultquist, the vice president of intelligence analysis at Mandiant. “With a few exceptions, we have not seen the scaled, serious attacks we expected even before the war began. There is still significant room for Russia to escalate, especially with regards to Ukraine’s allies. So far, Russian cyber attacks outside of Ukraine have been very restrained.”
  • Multiple European countries have dealt with DDoS attacks from what they’ve said are Russian or pro-Russian groups, including Norway, Romania, Italy and others.
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