Over the past several weeks, the Russia Ukraine cyber activity has escalated substantially, including significant increases in cyber attacks. Beginning on Feb. 15, a series of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks commenced. These attacks have continued over the past week, impacting both the Ukrainian government and banking institutions. On Feb. 23, a new variant of wiper malware named HermeticWiper was discovered in Ukraine. Shortly after, a new round of website defacement attacks were also observed impacting Ukrainian government organizations. While these attacks are within Ukraine, our expectation is that similar attacks will be used against additional targets should the situation continue to escalate.
The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has asked industry to put their “Shields Up” to prepare for a cyberattack that could disrupt, disable, or destroy U.S. critical infrastructure. CISA also recommends all organizations – regardless of size – adopt a heightened posture when it comes to cybersecurity and protecting their most critical assets.
Join Ryan Olson, VP of Unit 42 Threat Intelligence, and Jen Miller-Osborn, Deputy Director for Unit 42 Threat Intelligence to learn:
- Key details and analysis of attacks launched to date
- Assessment of how future attacks may unfold in the coming weeks
- Recommended mitigations
- What Palo Alto Networks products will do to protect your organization from these types of threats.