Russia linked to malware used to track Ukrainian artillery units

Dive Brief:

  • Fancy Bear or APT 28 reportedly used a malware implant on Android devices to track and target Ukrainian artillery units over the last two years, according to Reuters, citing a report from CrowdStrike.
  • The malware was used to retrieve communications and location 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," CrowdStrike reported.
  • The same hacking group has been linked to the Russian government and cyber attacks against Democrats during the U.S. presidential election earlier this year.

Dive Insight:

The use of technology to affect critical infrastructure is also a growing concern for organizations and governments across the globe. Earlier this week, Ukrainian security experts were investigating whether a power outage in Kiev over the weekend was caused by a cyberattack. If confirmed, it would be the second blackout caused by hackers in Ukraine.

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