Another cyber attack detected from territory of Russian Federation, - Security Service

Source : 112 Ukraine

Russian special services attempted to perform a cyber attack on Auly Сhlorooverflow Station in Dnipropetrovsk region to block its operation
13:00, 11 July 2018


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Russian special services attempted to perform a cyber attack on network equipment of Auly Сhlorooverflow Station in Dnipropetrovsk region. Ukraine’s Security Service press center reported that.

“The officers of the special service found that the process control systems and emergency detection systems were intentionally affected by the VPNFilter virus for several minutes from the territory of the Russian Federation. The ongoing attack could have led to technical process break-down and potential collapse,” reads the message.

It is also specified that the cyber attack was aimed to block the functioning of the Сhlorooverflow Station exactly, which produces liquid chlorine for water purification of water-and-sewage plants all over Ukraine.

"The potential technological disaster was prevented due to close cooperation with the administration of the station. In order to block the infection of other components of information telecommunication systems of an object of the объекта critical infrastructure, and to prevent possible devastating impacts, the Security Service officers in cooperation with specialists of the provider-company of the Auly Сhlorooverflow Station the VPNFilter malware was localized and deactivated,” Security Service added.

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It is also noted that preparation to cyber attack by Russian special services was also detected in May, 2018. Private and public sectors were among the targeted objects of the VPNFilter virus.

Related: Russia to keep using cyber attacks for geopolitical influence, - Ukraine's SBU

VPNFilter is malware designed to infect routers and certain network attached storage devices. The malware has cross-functional possibilities that enable cyber intelligence and destructive cyber operations.

On June 27, 2017 Ukraine has become a victim of a large-scale cyber attack. Virus-extortionist Petya has disabled the sites and internal systems of dozens of Ukrainian companies and even of Ukraine’s Cabinet. And although the virus hit another six dozen other countries, Ukraine has suffered the biggest damage. According to Microsoft, more than 12,500 computers were affected in our country.

Related: U.S. Senate offers to tail people, organizations connected to Russian cyber attacks

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