« Russian government hackers have likely broadly penetratedUkrainian military, energy and other critical computer networks to collect intelligence and position themselves potentiallyto disrupt those systems should Russia launch a military assault on Ukraine, according to newly declassified U.S. intelligence. 

Attack tactics

Moscow could seek to disrupt Ukrainian entities that provide critical services such as electricity, transportation, finance and telecommunications — either to support military operations or to sow panic in an attempt to destabilize the country, according to a senior administration official who described the intelligence.

New intelligence suggests Russia plans a ‘false flag’ operation to trigger a Ukraine invasion

The U.S. government has determined only that Russia could undertake disruptive cyber-activity, not that it will, said the official, who like several others spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the matter’s sensitivity. “We don’t know that they have intention to do so,” the official said. “But we have been working with Ukraine to strengthen their cyberdefenses.”

tched servers are likely to be the target of these attackers. 

Recent victims of Hakers

Besides the advisory, BlackByte was in the headlines due to attacks on various organizations in the past few months.

  • Just a few days ago, NFL’s San Francisco 49ers team was targeted by BlackByte. The attackers claim to have stolen their data and leaked 300MB files on their data leak blog.
  • In December 2021, BlackByte’s campaign launched attacks against organizations exposed to ProxyShell flaws in Microsoft Exchange.

Thursday evening, the Anonymous collective declared a cyberwar against Russia as Putin’s forces closed in on the Ukrainian capital. And it looks like they were serious.

On Friday evening, Anonymous claimed they managed to breach the database belonging to the Russian Ministry of Defence. The group’s actions appear to be part of a growing trend that is seeing a growing number of cyber soldiers take to the newest front in the war against Russia.

Anonymous posted the database online and made it accessible to anyone. « Hackers all around the world: target Russia in the name of #Anonymous let them know we do not forgive, we do not forget. Anonymous owns fascists, always, » the group tweeted.

It seems that the database contains officials’ phone numbers, emails, and passwords. Twitter users seem excited about the news and continue discussing how they could use them to harm Putin’s regime.

« Sign them up for GOP and Trump fundraising emails. That will be enough to drive them all crazy, » one user suggested.

Anonymous leak