Almost 4,000 cyber incidents recorded in Ukraine since start of 2022, US says
From January 2022 to September 2023, the CERT-UA Computer Emergency Response Team recorded almost four thousand cyber incidents in Ukraine
Graham Steele, the Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions at the US Department of the Treasury, announced this during the Conference on Catastrophic Cyber Risk in New York.
According to him, this is three times more than in the period before the full-scale invasion.
Steele noted that in the weeks following Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, Russian state cyber actors carried out a wave of cyberattacks on Ukrainian infrastructure, including several attacks on financial companies.
The US official also added that Russia has coordinated crippling cyberattacks against Ukraine, network penetration and espionage in countries perceived to be allies of Ukraine, as well as cyber influence operations against people around the world.
"Cyber activity in the context of the Russia/Ukraine conflict is not limited to government actors. We have observed that non-state cyber actors on both sides of the conflict have targeted a wide range of organizations – including in the financial services sector – with relatively unsophisticated incidents known as distributed denial of service attacks (DDOS). In June 2023, pro-Russia hacktivist group NoName057(16) threatened to target Ukraine’s financial sector. In the following four days, numerous Ukrainian banks were targeted with DDoS attacks," the US Deputy Treasury Secretary said.
- On May 16, Ukraine joined NATO's Combined Cyber Defense Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE).
- Nevertheless, as of May 2023, Ukraine remained in first place in the world in terms of the number of cyberattacks against it, with 700 incidents recorded in just four months since the beginning of the year.
- In October, one of Russia's most active hacker groups, Gamaredon, significantly increased the number of cyber operations against Ukraine in the first half of 2023: however, they are not as successful as before.