The Ukrainian Security Service exposed the VPNFilter malware current week, which it ascribed to Russian intelligence agencies, had aimed a harmful groundwork organization. The security service reported that the malware was identified on the systems of the Aulska chlorine station in Auly, Dnipropetrovsk. The company is part of the harmful infrastructure of country as it delivers chlorine to water treatment and sewage plants around Ukraine.
The malware seemingly aimed technological procedures and security systems, however the security agency stated it swiftly discovered and blocked the effort. The SBU stated the threat could have caused in technological progression disturbances or a smash of the precious systems, which could have managed to a calamity. The agency trusts the hackers’ aim was to disturb functions at the competence.
Whereas the statement of security service proposes that this threat was precisely marked at the chlorine station, it’s also likely that the company was an unscrupulous aim. VPNFilter at one point had attentive at slightest 500,000 routers and network-attached storage devices and Ukraine seems to be its key goal. Straight after U.S. authorities disturbed VPNFilter by grabbing one of its command and control domains, investigators stated that the attack had sustained to aim devices in Ukraine.
The element that Ukraine has recognized the VPNFilter threat to Russia is not astonishing. Even the U.S. government has associated the function to some cyber-spying groups supposed to be supported by the Kremlin. The VPNFilter botnet, whose presence was carried to light couple of months ago in May, aims more than fifty kinds of routers and NAS devices from Linksys, MikroTik, Netgear, TP-Link, QNAP, ASUS, D-Link, Huawei, Ubiquiti, UPVEL, and ZTE.
The malware can interrupt data transient through the cooperated device, it can handle the network for communications over the Modbus SCADA protocol, and also has damaging competences that can be influenced to make a ruined device nonfunctional. This is not the first attempted attack that aims Ukraine has accused on Russia. Moscow has also been blamed of initiation the NotPetya threat and campaigns targeted at power grid of Ukraine.