A Quick Snapshot: State-Sponsored Cyber War

State-Sponsored Cyberattacks Defined

Governments worldwide employ the brightest and most innovative individuals in their militaries and I.T. government departments in hopes of retrieving sensitive data from other enemy nations. The reason for cyberattacks becoming more and more popular for governments is simple. They’re difficult to detect, virtually risk-free, and more affordable than a costly war.

The Stuxnet Event: A Turning Point

When it comes to state-sponsored cyberattacks, one event changed the game forever. Known as “Stuxnet,” this piece of malware was used by the American and Israeli governments as far back as 2010 in a fight against Iranian nuclear facilities. Governments now see cyberattacks as a way to achieve political, commercial, or military dominance over their enemies using sensitive information.

List of Most Notable Incidents for February 2022

Ukraine

Just days before the Russian war against Ukraine, there was a cyberattack on many Ukrainian websites for the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers and Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Infrastructure, and Education. Officials found “wiper malware” to penetrate the government network of one of Ukraine’s top financial institutions and two different government contract firms.

China

A Beijing-based cybersecurity company accused the U.S. National Security Agency of orchestrating a backdoor attack designed to monitor 45 various companies and governments across the globe. China’s Foreign Ministry expressed concern that such alleged attacks directly threaten the People’s Republic of China’s national security and compromise its I.T. infrastructure.

Ukraine

February 15, 2022, a DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack targeted the Ukrainian Defence Ministry and two of the nation’s largest banks, effectively putting both offline. The U.S. and U.K. governments have stated that this is an attack from Russia.

India

India experienced an espionage attack on its military and different diplomat targets. A Pakistani group is to blame for accessing sensitive government files remotely, using malware to breach India’s government network.

Worldwide

The Kremlin and its ecosystem hackers have breached different defense contractors between January 2020 and, most recently, February 2022. This breach allowed the hackers to make off with a collection of sensitive emails, company data on military defense products, and information on other government contracts.

Western Europe

Western Europe ports, mainly in Belgium and Germany, saw several oil terminals experience cyberattacks, preventing them from processing incoming shipments. A ransomware strain was found with a Russian hacker group that claimed responsibility for this network breach.

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