Russian hackers fail in attempt to cut power to Ukrainian region, says State Special Communications Service

13 April, 06:12 PM
Russian hackers from the Sandworm fail in attempt to cut power to Ukrainian region (Photo:Markus Spiske\Unsplash)

Russian hackers from the Sandworm fail in attempt to cut power to Ukrainian region (Photo:Markus Spiske\Unsplash)

Russian hackers from the Sandworm hacker group attempted to switch off power to an entire Ukrainian region, but failed, the State Special Communications Service of Ukraine reported via the Telegram messenger on April 13.

On April 12, Ukraine's CERT-UA government emergency response team under the Special Communications Service reported there had been a cyber-attack by Sandworm (UAC-0082) on Ukrainian energy facilities using the Industroyer2 and CaddyWiper malware.

Viktor Zhora, the agency's deputy head, said that last week they had received reports of the possible compromising of the IT system at a regional energy company.

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"Experts discovered (the hackers’) malicious software in time, which was to be activated late on April 8,” Zhora said. “Its activation would lead to the power outage of a certain territory of the country and would have deprived many civilians of electricity supplies.”

By the time CERT-UA specialists intervened, part of the IT infrastructure had already been affected, he said. So in parallel with foiling the malware, the specialists were engaged in rapidly restoring IT infrastructure functionality, so consumers would not experience power outages.

"We have informed our international partners and other energy companies about the incident so as to be able to prevent similar attempts at other energy facilities," Zhora said.

He said that the Russian hacker group Sandworm was most likely behind the cyber-attack.

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