Microsoft Detects Malware in Ukrainian Systems After Cyberattack

Microsoft disclosed that they have discovered malware in the computer systems of Ukrainian government agencies, non-profits, and technology organizations after the recent massive cyberattack.

“Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC) has identified evidence of a destructive malware operation targeting multiple organizations in Ukraine. This malware first appeared on victim systems in Ukraine on January 13, 2022,” said Microsoft. 

According to Microsoft, the malware was disguised as a blackmail program but did not have a ransom recovery mechanism so it was assumed to be destructive.

Ukraine’s Ministry of Digital Development said that based on the evidence they gathered, the attack was conducted by Russia. 

“So far, it can be said that all the evidence indicates that Russia is behind the cyberattack,” said the ministry.

Microsoft advised users in Ukraine to review access/authentications and to enable multifactor authentication (MFA) along with Controlled folder Access (CFA).

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