Nozomi Networks has provided insights from Ukraine ’ s defeat of a Russian cyberattack attempting to disrupt critical infrastructure . The hackers were targeting the electricity grid and related facilities , which would have severely damaged Ukraine ’ s defences .
The attack , believed to be carried out by a Russian military supported group called ‘ Sandworm ’, is another effort to shut down Ukraine ’ s key systems . Sandworm ’ s strategy is to infiltrate systems and lie in wait for several weeks . This strategy can be particularly damaging as hackers may gain access to a wide range of services and facilities before detection . Nozomi says critical infrastructure operators should now be on the lookout for strange activity .
The Department of Justice has announced the seizure of the RaidForums website , a popular marketplace for cybercriminals to buy and sell hacked data , and unsealed criminal charges against RaidForums ’ Founder and Chief Administrator , Diogo Santos Coelho . Coelho was arrested in the UK on January 31 , at the United States ’ request and remains in custody pending the resolution of his extradition proceedings .