Russia’s ground attacks were just joined by cyberattacks, as Russian hackers targeted one of Ukraine’s energy providers.
The Computer Emergency Response Team of Ukraine (CERT-UA) stated that Russian hackers tried to disrupt an energy provider but were, thankfully, unsuccessful.
The plan was to shut down the provider’s infrastructure and leave a significant population in darkness. This wasn’t the first cyberattack flagged by Ukraine but as the ones that preceded it, was thwarted by tech teams.
In this one’s case, ESET as well as Microsoft jumped in at the right time, with hackers managing only to access some systems and bring chaos to one power facility.
ESET said it was one part of Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency, Sandworm, behind the attempt. Apparently, the hackers employed a new version of the Industroyer malware.
If that sounds familiar, it’s because the same malware was used in 2015, when Russia tried to shut down the country’s power grid.