Ministryhack attack on Ukrainian resources continued — personal data of citizens published on a hacker forum

Microsoft’s version

Microsoft revealed that on January 13, 2022, the company’s experts first discovered the malware, WhisperGate.

Belarusian trail

The deputy secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defence Council, Serhiy Demedyuk, told Reuters that Ukraine suspects that the defaces were carried out by a hacking group known as UNC1151 and GhostWriter, an information operation agent linked to Belarusian intelligence.

Cybersecurity recommendations

We recommended that the residents of Ukraine take the following actions:

  • subscribe to monitoring services for state registries, such as Opendatabot;
  • change passwords used for authentication on public resources;
  • regenerate electronic digital signature certificates;
  • regularly change the mentioned passwords and regenerate certificates, especially until the end of winter 2022.
  • detect a potential intrusion,
  • ensure that the organization is prepared to respond in case of an intrusion, and
  • maximize the organization’s resilience to disruptive cyber incidents.

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