Hackers tried to break into Ukraine’s artillery software

Source : 112 Ukraine

There’s more evidence into the attempt to hack the artillery fighting in Donbas
09:09, 4 November 2017

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Notoriously known for the attacks on Democratic Party, hacker group Fancy Bear targeted thousands of those of interest to the Kremlin, according to the hit list published by Associated Press.

The media writes that the hit list included inboxes of 4.700 Gmail users, with the targets from as many as 116 countries, and was carried out between March 2015 and May 2016.

In Ukraine, Fancy Bear attempted to break into at least 545 accounts, including those of President Petro Poroshenko and his son Alexei, half a dozen current and former ministers such as Interior Minister Arsen Avakov and two dozen lawmakers.

Related: CERT-UA warns of new wave of cyber attack on Ukraine

However, additional information published by Raphael Satter on Medium suggests that there are more grounds to believe that the hackers tried to get into the Gmail account of Ukrainian artillery officer Yaroslav Sherstiuk, who developed an app for the Ukrainian artillery, used by around 9.000 officers.

In an interview for Radio Svoboda given yesterday, Sherstiuk said he was informed he had been a target, but he said his Gmail wasn’t broken into. Raphael Satter also noted that the presence of the account on the list doesn’t necessarily imply it was hit. 

Previously published by CrowdStrike report that implied that the app was carrying a virus developed by Fancy Bear was actively discussed. Sherstiuk refuted information that his app was hacked into, while Ukraine’s Defence Ministry pointed out that the report’s data on how many weapons Ukraine lost over this period of time.


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