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Google observes new cyber threats emerging from the Russia–Ukraine war

NATO, eastern European militaries, and US NGOs have been targeted by Russian hackers, according to Google.

"Government-backed actors from China, Iran, North Korea and Russia, as well as various unattributed groups, have used various Ukraine war-related themes in an effort to get targets to open malicious emails or click malicious links," Google's Threat Analysis Group (TAG) said in a blog post published on March 30. Google's TAG has been constantly monitoring cyber activity surrounding the Russian–Ukraine war, which began in late February. On March 7, in Google's first update, the company said that it observed espionage and phishing campaigns from Russian and Belarusian threat actors including FancyBear, Ghostwriter, and Mustang Panda. "Since our last update, TAG has observed a continuously growing number of threat actors using the war as a lure in phishing and malware campaigns," Google said in its update. Read: Hermetic Wiper And Other Cyber Attacks: A Look At The Silent Battle Between Russia And Ukraine In The Digital Sphere What are the recent cyber threats observed by Google Tag? Campaigns targeting NATO, eastern European militaries, and US NGOs: A Russian-based threat actor also known as COLDRIVER has launched credential phishing campaigns targeting several US-based NGOs and think tanks, the military of a Balkans country, and a Ukraine based defence contractor, Google said. Additionally, "for the first time, TAG has observed COLDRIVER campaigns targeting the military of multiple Eastern European countries, as well as a NATO Centre of Excellence," it stated. "These campaigns were sent using newly created Gmail accounts to non-Google accounts, so the success rate of these campaigns is unknown," Google said. Campaigns against military…

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