Cyber ​​Threats: What Changed With Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine?

Deepak Gupta June 3, 2022
Updated 2022/06/03 at 7:11 PM

Along with the pandemic, the war between Russia and Ukraine has increased the need to invest seriously in cybersecurity. Prior to the invasion, Russia and some Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries were typically excluded from the ransomware target list.

However, in the first quarter of 2022, Russia was the target of the highest percentage of detections (12%) in the Ransomware category, reveals the ESET.

Russia: ESET Threat Report reveals numbers in the area of ​​cybersecurity

According to ESET, Russia's invasion of Ukraine has resulted in an increase in phishing and other scam campaigns that try to take advantage of people looking to support Ukraine. This growth was detected shortly after the start of the invasion.

The number of attacks involving a computer accessing a network without direct contact (or Remote Desktop Protocol - RDP attacks) has dropped for the first time since the beginning of 2022. The reduction of remote work, as well as the disruptions and sanctions resulting from the invasion, which conditioned access and availability to infrastructure, are likely reasons that justify this decline.

The latest edition of the ESET Threat Report describes the various cyberattacks linked to the ongoing war in Ukraine that investigators from ESET analyzed or contributed to mitigate. Among them is the reappearance of the Industroyer malware, which targeted an energy supplier in Ukraine.

O ESET Threat Report T1 2022 reviews the most important research findings of the period. ESET's investigation team further uncovered abuse of vulnerable kernel drivers, high-impact UEFI vulnerabilities, cryptocurrency malware targeting Android and iOS devices, an as-yet unattributed campaign implementing the DazzleSpy malware on macOS, and Mustang campaigns. Panda, Donot Team, Winnti Group, and the APT TA410 group.

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