Ukrainian cyber officials warn of new wave of phishing attacks

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Feb 25, 2022 | CYBERSCOOP

Ukrainian officials warned Friday that Belarusian hackers are sending a wave of phishing emails targeting Ukrainian soldiers and civilians.

“Mass phishing emails have recently been observed targeting private ‘i.ua’ and ‘meta.ua’ accounts of Ukrainian military personnel and related individuals,” Ukraine’s Computer Emergency Response Team wrote in a Facebook post Friday. Both URLs belong to Ukraine-based email services.

Once an account is compromised, hackers gain access to the target’s messages and their contact details, allowing them to send additional phishing emails to their contacts, the CERT said.

Ukraine’s State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection issued a separate warning Friday about a phishing attack against civilian emails containing potentially malicious attached files.

Warning ⚠️ A phishing #attack has started against Ukrainians! Citizens’ e-mail addresses receive letters with attached files of uncertain nature. The mass distribution of such messages to messengers may happen. #cyberattacks #Ukraine pic.twitter.com/YPvFH2oNk0

— SSSCIP Ukraine (@dsszzi) February 25, 2022

The campaigns follow a wave of phishing and distributed-denial-of-service attacks against Ukrainian public agencies by hackers since Russia decided to invade Ukraine.

Officials are pinning the phishing campaign on a Minsk-based group of hackers referred to as “UNC1151,” which is

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