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January 18, 2016

Ukraine To Scrutinize Cyber Defenses Following Attack On Airport Linked To Russia

A cyber attack on Kiev’s main airport, Boryspil, has prompted a review of Ukrainian computer system defenses, including airports and railway stations, according to Reuters. Officials told Reuters the attack came from a server in Russia.

Officials detected malware last week in a computer in the airport’s IT network. The malware is similar to that which attacked three power utilities in late December.

While there is no suggestion the Russian government is involved, the attacks have occurred during a period of bad relations between Ukraine and Russia. There has been a two-year separatist conflict in Eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine To Review Anti-Virus Databases

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January 15, 2016

How Hackers Disabled Ukraine Power Grid: Lessons For U.S. And Europe

When hundreds of Ukrainians in the Ivano-Frankivsk region lost power two weeks ago, government officials blamed Russians with disrupting the utilities’ software and jamming its telephone lines to prevent customers from alerting anyone, Hacked reported. These claims evoked fears of a worst-case scenario coming to life.

However, cybersecurity researchers who investigated the power failure have since determined that the attack was not of the level that could undermine a major power grid in 15 minutes, according to Bloomberg.

Europe And U.S.: Tougher Targets

European and U.S. power grids are more automated and much tougher targets. To attack Manhattan’s power system, [...]

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