A hacking group connected to Russian government and high-profile cyber-attacks against Democrats during the American presidential election likely used a malware implant on Android devices to track and target Ukrainian artillery units from late 2014 through 2016, according to a new report of the company CrowdStrike which specializes in cyber-attacks. It was reported by Reuters.
The malware was able to retrieve communications and some locational data from infected devices, intelligence that would have likely been used to strike against the artillery in support of pro-Russian separatists fighting in eastern Ukraine, the report says.
The malware used to track Ukrainian artillery units was a variant of the kind used to hack into the Democratic National Committee, CrowdStrike co-founder Dmitri Alperovitch said in an interview.
Thus, the report confirm that Fancy Bear group was responsible for the cyber-attack.
"This cannot be a hands-off group or a bunch of criminals, they need to be in close communication with the Russian military," Alperovitch said.
Earlier it was reported that Ukraine is losing a cyberwar: Hackers attacked public treasury. An organized group of hackers attacked the Ministry of Finance, State Treasury, and Pension Fund, brought down computers and destroyed important databases.