Over the past several months, Russian hackers have been trying to infect the computers and networks of Ukrainian companies with malware, so as to create the backdoors for a large-scale attack. Serhiy Demedyuk, the head of the Cyber Police of Ukraine said this as quoted by Reuters.
According to him, the malefactors attack companies in various sectors of the economy, but most often, their targets would be banks and energy sector enterprises. Demedyuk added that judging by the structure of the malware, the hackers plan to conduct the major attack on a particular day. 'According to our research, the hackers spread the malware, which is divided into various components, sent from different sources - to avoid being detected by the anti-virus software. When assembled on one device, these components combine into the malware, which deals the actual damage.
Currently, the Ukrainian police cooperate with the foreign agencies in order to find these hackers. Demedyuk assured that the Ukrainian side is now much better prepared to deter potential attacks, like the one that happened exactly one year ago, on June 27, 2017, when ransomware called Petya. A hit thousands of computers in Ukraine and abroad, encrypting the data stored on these devices and demanding money in exchange for the 'decryption'.