In the context of the war between Russia and Ukraine, the existence of digital attacks was announced, this because DDoS attacks and specialized malware have been reported, which has caused the fall of Ukrainian government sites.
According to the state service of special communications and information protection of Ukraine, before physical attacks were recorded they had massive DDoS invasions, which caused some sites to have intermittencies, until this February 24 a couple of sites remained down.
The information was confirmed by Cloudfare, later Eset company specialized in computer security reported that this could escalate to another level due to a malware called HermeticWiper.
“Eset Research discovered new data cleansing malware used in Ukraine. ESET telemetry shows that it was installed on hundreds of machines in the country. This is a continuation of DDoS attacks against several Ukrainian websites today. The PE compilation timestamp of one of the samples is 2021-12-28, suggesting that the attack could have been in preparation for almost two months,” the firm said on its social media.
According to Eset the modus operandi of the malware is to impersonate certified drivers and after being installed on the computers corrupt the system information and end with a restart of the computer.
While there is no official confirmation from cybersecurity firms that the malware comes from Russia, britain has signaled russia’s intelligence unit as being behind the DDoS attacks on Ukraine.
On the other hand, Russia has also suffered computer attacks, this Thursday it was confirmed that government sites such as the Kremlin or the State Duma were disconnected due to DDoS attacks that have lasted only a few minutes to have been of lower intensity compared to those received by Ukraine.
What is a DDOS attack?
DDoS attacks focus on leveraging network capacity limits as well as the infrastructure that runs a website; consist of sending several requests to the attacked web resource with the intention of overflowing the capacity of the site and thereby preventing it from working properly or its fall.