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  • Chris Bratton - Tech Journalist

Ukraine going through Cyber Attacks is the least of the problems in the ongoing conflict

Cyber-attacks and security breaches are some of the most sought out problems in the modern world. As Russia and Ukraine's ongoing conflict may lead to devastating results, in the early stage, we are spectating cyber-attacks. Ukraine is suffering from both Russian armed forces and government conflict and cyber-attacks. Critical services seem to be hit by cyber attackers from Russia after the country officially declared war.

As we talk, the Russian army is mobilising around the nation of Ukraine Kyiv. We also have reports of numerous cyber-attacks. The cyber-attacks are already here, and many fear that the United States might be next as the President is calling out allies to stop the war.

The United Nations, US, UK, Germany, Canada and other NATO allies formed together to stop Russian attacks at its doorstep. But it is too late to lift the sanctions held against Russia with the SWIFT lift from Russia. SWIFT is the backbone of international banking systems, and a ban of it caused international transactions of Russia to a stop.

Popular cyber warfare group Anonymous declared full-scale cyberattacks against Russia on social media. They said attacks would come from all directions, and even the Russian parts of Anonymous would target Russian infrastructure.

Full-scale cyberattacks are launched along with the rollout of Russian tanks into Ukraine and missiles struck targets. The Russian invasion of Ukraine came after years of failed negotiations and compliance with dual-nation politics. The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, asked for help from the international community, and everyone is trying to provide support without being a conflict in the war. The motto is simple, crippling the Russian economy and disconnecting it from global activities. A few days after the sanction move was discussed, the Russian interest rate doubled, and stock prices plummeted.

Belarusian activists seem to take matters into their own hands as Russian troops enter the Ukrainian border. A destructive wiper malware, which first surfaced on the hackathon, made its way to real-world warfare solutions or part of the war. Cyber security research and antivirus organization ESET on Wednesday first observed the malware. They said the malware may have been created in December 2021 and is currently underused. ESET is launching a further investigation into the matter. They also found out Russian plans to attack this malware have long been traced. In collaboration with Symantec's Threat Intelligence group, ESET's data poured out the same information regarding the malware.

Cisco Talco went a step ahead and further analyzed the malware. Its frequency is called "Hermetic Wiper" for a specific reason. Systems under attack by this malware start to corrupt physical drives and its first 512 bytes. Once this step is executed, the malware goes ahead and ensures the master boot record is also corrupted, making the PC not function properly. Even if it is detected on the system, chances are it has already done some damage according to the method it works.

Hermetic Wiper analyses individual partitions that can disable Volume Shadow Copy Services and deploy other mechanisms depending on the drive (e.g., NTFS or FAT).

Along with malware and typical web servers being taken down, distributed denial of service (DDoS) is also getting much action as part of the ongoing conflict. DDoS is one of the most common low-level attacks that can be mastered by almost anyone and target any

infrastructure pretty quickly. John Graham-Cumming, CTO at Cloudflare, said, "The internet continues to operate in Ukraine for the most part." He also said they are seeing about "80% of the usual load" compared to direct usage in certain areas in Ukraine.

The Ministry of Defences also confirmed that its website was "probably attacked by DDoS", and an excessive number of requests was recorded. As the global community is spectating a full-fledged war in its early stage, everyone is afraid of the consequences it might lead to.


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