The destructive malware that is currently being spread in Ukraine acts like ransomware in that it locks up target systems by encrypting key files, but there is no payment option.
Several Bellingcat journalists’ ProtonMail accounts were targeted in a recent phishing attack linked to Russia. The targets were the reporters who broke the names of Russian operatives believed to be behind MH17 attack and Skripal poisoning.
Russia's current conflict with Ukraine is so far playing out with cyber attacks rather than physical warfare. A series of defacement attacks on government websites appears to be the opening salvo.
Turns out that the APT group Cozy Bear that became internationally infamous in 2016 for high profile hacks never really went away. The Russian hackers have hit at least three European nations since it supposedly went underground in 2016.
The REvil ransomware gang has been a point of special focus for international law enforcement and possibly been dealt a fatal blow as Russian authorities have rounded up 14 members residing in the country.
NSA director of cybersecurity says ransom payments are more difficult to process due to lack of access to assorted banking options, and inability to purchase necessary technology to set up the infrastructure for new ransomware campaigns.
Ruling by Moscow courts that video surveillance with facial recognition does not violate citizen privacy would appear to be the definitive statement that Moscow will now be the largest city outside of China to track people in nearly every inch of public space.
The international community is under no illusion regarding the persistent threat that is posed by Russian hackers as the U.S. Department of Justice indicts 7 Russian GRU members, and other nations including the U.K. and the Netherlands protest hacking activities.
The Tor network will no longer be officially available to residents of Russia after a government ban. Taking a path that somewhat resembles China's program of internet control, the Russian government has made a series of moves to restrict access to websites.
Microsoft says Russia conducted a cyber espionage campaign against Ukraine's allies, mainly NATO members, to collect crucial information in parallel with the ground invasion.