Russia linked to malware used to track Ukrainian artillery units
- 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.
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.