Russian companies are being bombarded with DDoS attacks

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While the Russian military was bombing Ukraine, Russian companies were being bombarded at home with Distributed Denial of Service attacks (opens in a new tab) – with such incidents against Russian companies reaching new heights new in 2022.

Figures from Rostelecom, Russia’s largest ISP, say that in 2022, 21.5 million DDoS attacks were carried out against around 600 organizations in the country.

Most of the attacks took place in and around Moscow, where most of these companies are headquartered. None of the major sectors appear to have been spared, as companies in telecommunications, retail, finance and the public sector have all come under attack.

Attack on the public sector

The public sector was the most affected, registering almost a third (30%) of all incidents (12 times more than last year). Financial institutions captured a quarter of all attacks (25%), followed by education (16%).

The biggest attack was 760 GB/s, said Rostelecom, and claimed that the destructive power was almost twice the biggest attack of last year. The longest attack, however, lasted almost three months.

Most of the attacks began in March, which coincided with the invasion of Ukraine, which began on 24 February. The attacks peaked in May, the company said later. Based on the IP addresses used, the company concluded that most of the attacks originated in the United States.

While DDoS attacks accounted for the vast majority of all attacks (about 80%), there were other types of cyberattacks as well. Vulnerable websites were also on the radar of Western hackers, who abused the vulnerabilities to launch arbitrary command execution attacks (10%), path traversal (4%), local file mounters ( 3%), SQL injection (3%) and site cross-scripting (1%).

Since the beginning of the war between Russia and Ukraine, hackers and hacktivists have entered the fray from all sides and have been quite active.

Among them was Conti, one of the biggest ransomware operators who angered its affiliates (mostly Ukrainians) after openly siding with the Russian government. Conti later retracted his statement, but the damage was already done when a hacker decided to leak multiple versions of the source code and hundreds of thousands of chatlines between its members.

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