Ukraine Hit with Novel ‘FoxBlade’ Trojan Hours Before Invasion

Microsoft detected cyberattacks launched against Ukraine hours before Russia’s tanks and missiles began to pummel the country last week.

“As tanks rolled into Ukraine, so did malware,” summarized humanitarian author Andreas Harsono, referring to the novel malware that Microsoft has named FoxBlade.

On Monday, the company reported that its Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC) had detected cyberattacks launched against Ukraine’s digital infrastructure hours before Russia’s tanks and missiles began to pummel the country on Thursday.

“Several hours before the launch of missiles or movement of tanks on February 24, Microsoft’s Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC) detected a new round of offensive and destructive cyberattacks directed against Ukraine’s digital infrastructure,” Microsoft President and Vice-Chair Brad Smith said.

“We immediately advised the Ukrainian government about the situation, including our identification of the use of a new malware package (which we denominated FoxBlade), and provided technical advice on steps to prevent the malware’s success.”

Smith said that within three hours of discovering FoxBlade, Microsoft had added new signatures to its Defender anti-malware service to detect the exploit.

FoxBlade Specifics

Microsoft has issued a Security Intelligence advisory about FoxBlade, which is a novel trojan.

While the company shared neither technical specifics nor

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