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Money Russian hackers 'targeted Ukraine's water supply'

18:41  11 july  2018
18:41  11 july  2018 Source:   news.sky.com

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Flags of Ukraine (R) and of the self-proclaimed People's Republic of Donetsk fly on a water tower in the city of Krasny Partizan near Donetsk on December 13, 2014. Russia responded angrily on December 13 to news that US senators had passed a bill calling for fresh sanctions against Moscow and the supply of lethal military aid to Ukraine. AFP PHOTO / VASILY MAXIMOV (Photo credit should read VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images) © Getty Flags of Ukraine (R) and of the self-proclaimed People's Republic of Donetsk fly on a water tower in the city of Krasny Partizan near Donetsk on December 13, 2014. Russia responded angrily on December 13 to news that US senators had passed a bill calling for fresh sanctions against Moscow and the supply of lethal military aid to Ukraine. AFP PHOTO / VASILY MAXIMOV (Photo credit should read VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images)

An overflow station that cleans Ukraine's water supply has been targeted by Russian hackers, officials have claimed.

The Security Service of Ukraine said Kremlin-sponsored attackers targeted "critical infrastructure" that sanitises the nation's clean water.

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The December 2015 Ukraine power grid cyberattack took place on 23 December 2015 and is considered to be the first known successful cyberattack on a power grid. Hackers were able to successfully compromise information systems of three energy distribution companies in Ukraine and

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"In close cooperation with the administration of the company, [the Ukrainian security service] managed to prevent a potential man-made disaster," the agency added.

There is an ongoing campaign of hostile cyber activities targeting Ukraine which appear to have originated in Russia - but this seems to be the first which directly put water sanitation at risk.

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VPNFilter, the malware that security services discovered to be behind the attack, is modular. This means it can be deployed with different features for espionage, as well as cause damage to the systems it infiltrates.

It was first detected in May by Talos Intelligence, the security arm of computer networking company Cisco.

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The United States for the first time is blaming the Russian government for an ongoing campaign of cyber attacks that it says is targeting the U. S . power grid, water systems, and other critical infrastructure. A U. S . security alert published on March 15 said that Russian government hackers are

In the last year, Russian hackers have gone from infiltrating business networks of energy, water and nuclear plants to worming their way into control rooms. The Trump administration accused Russia on Thursday of engineering a series of cyberattacks that targeted American and European nuclear

At the time, the Ukrainian security service warned that the Russian government was preparing an enormous cyber attack targeting the Champions League final, although this did not occur.

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That would have taken place a year after another "powerful" cyber attack on the country spread across the world, taking down Chernobyl's radiation monitoring system in the process.

Earlier this year, the UK and the US attributed that attack - known as NotPetya - to the Russian government, which annexed the Crimean peninsula in eastern Ukraine in 2014.

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Many of the large cyber attacks targeting Ukraine have been launched around national holidays, in addition to power grid attacks which were staged shortly before Christmas in 2015 and 2016.

A recent warning about intrusions into internet infrastructure issued by the National Cyber Security Centre suggested the Russian government was attempting to hack into the UK's critical national infrastructure for the first time.

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