Ukraine’s secret cyber-defense that blunts Russian attacks: excellent backups (The Register)

The Register: Ukraine’s secret cyber-defense that blunts Russian attacks: excellent backups. “‘One thing that the Ukrainians have taught us so well – and they certainly have had eight years of practice and suffered from Russian cyber operations – is the importance of resiliency,’ [Dmitri] Alperovitch said. ‘The reality is that a number of these Russian attacks are successful.’ The Russians have seen success worldwide penetrating networks and dropping malware, he added. ‘However, the Ukrainians are able to rebuild the networks within hours,’ Alperovitch said.”

The Russia–Ukraine War: Ukraine’s resistance in the face of hybrid warfare (Observer Research Foundation)

Observer Research Foundation: The Russia–Ukraine War: Ukraine’s resistance in the face of hybrid warfare. “Almost everyone expected that the Russian war on Ukraine would feature extensive use of cyber weapons. And so it has, but often in ways that were not quite anticipated. In cyber issues, it is difficult to separate fact from fiction. So, we hear a great deal about how Russian tanks have been blown up by American Javelin missiles, or the activities of the Turkish Bayraktar drones, but don’t get too many details about the intense digital war which has played a significant role in shaping the conflict.”

Gizmodo: This Russian Botnet Is Capable of Manipulating Social Media Trends on a ‘Massive Scale,’ Report Claims

Gizmodo: This Russian Botnet Is Capable of Manipulating Social Media Trends on a ‘Massive Scale,’ Report Claims. “A new report claims that a subcontractor working for Russia’s intelligence service has a botnet capable of manipulating trends on social media platforms on a ‘massive scale.’ The report, published Thursday by the cybersecurity firm Nisos, alleges that the Moscow-based firm 0day Technologies can spread disinformation at a frightening rate using a customizable suite that is tied to a malicious network. The company has previously worked with the Federal Security Service, one of Russia’s primary intelligence agencies.”

Bleeping Computer: Ukraine’s IT Army is disrupting Russia’s alcohol distribution

Bleeping Computer: Ukraine’s IT Army is disrupting Russia’s alcohol distribution. “Hacktivists operating on the side of Ukraine have focused their DDoS attacks on a portal that is considered crucial for the distribution of alcoholic beverages in Russia. DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks are collective efforts to overwhelm servers with large volumes of garbage traffic and bogus requests, rendering them unable to serve legitimate visitors.”

Australian Financial Review: Deepfakes and espionage, but no cyber apocalypse from Ukraine invasion

Australian Financial Review: Deepfakes and espionage, but no cyber apocalypse from Ukraine invasion. “Vladimir Putin’s underestimation of Ukraine in the physical and online world, coupled with the global response to his invasion, has forced Russia to pour its top-tier cyber efforts into reconnaissance and espionage rather than all-out digital warfare, experts say. Despite fears before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine that the world would face havoc from Russian-sponsored hackers targeting businesses and countries around the world, the so-called cyber-apocalypse has thus far failed to materialise.”

Google: Chinese state hackers keep targeting Russian govt agencies (Bleeping Computer)

Bleeping Computer: Google: Chinese state hackers keep targeting Russian govt agencies. “Google said today that a Chinese-sponsored hacking group linked to China’s People’s Liberation Army Strategic Support Force (PLA SSF) is targeting Russian government agencies. The company’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG), a team of security experts that acts as a defense force for Google users from state-sponsored attacks, added in a report focused on Eastern Europe cyber activity that the APT group has also successfully breached several Russian companies.”