Going on offense: Ukraine forms an ‘IT army,’ Nvidia hacks back

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It is not directly related to the emerging cyber resistance against Russia in Ukraine – but reports that Nvidia has turned the tables on its attacker in this week’s ransomware incident seem to resonate.

The Nvidia case, and Ukraine’s attempt to launch a cyber attack against Russia, both share a common theme of standing on their own two feet and retreating against invaders – whether they be power-hungry nations or cybercriminals.

Today in Ukraine, the country’s Deputy Prime Minister Mikhail Fedorov, Announced On Twitter, “We’re building an IT army.”

“We need digital talents,” wrote Fedorov, who also holds the title of Minister of Digital Transformation – sharing a link to a telegram channel where he said operational tasks would be distributed. “We continue to fight on the cyber front.”

IT on Telegram Channel Report Posted a list of his Russian targets – which was also translated into English “for all IT specialists from other countries.”

Anonymous is the most visible group promising a cyber attack against Russia on behalf of Ukraine, but some of the most sophisticated hacker groups are known to evade as much attention as possible – some of which are believed to be linked to the US and Western countries. .

On Friday, Christian Sorensen, a former U.S. cyber command officer, told VentureBeat that “hacktivists from around the world [will be] Working against Russia because they are aggressive. “

“I think things will move forward against Western targets, but Russia and Belarus will be targeted more by these groups,” Sorensen said, adding that the operational planning team was previously the lead for US Cyber ​​Command.

Hacking back

Meanwhile, a ransomware gang that claimed to have attacked Nvidia also posted a message that the chipmaker had hacked back.

The group, Lapsus, stated on its telegram channel that 1 TB of data had been removed by Nvidia. Screenshot The threat at Emsisoft has been shared by analyst Brett Kello. The ransomware group, believed to be based in South America, also said that Nvidia had encrypted the group’s data (although the group said it had a backup), according to a screenshot.

Nvidia did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Saturday.

On Friday, a spokesman said Nvidia was “investigating an incident” and “is still working to evaluate the nature and scope of the incident.”

A Nvidia spokesperson said in a statement: “Our business and commercial activities continue unabated.”

The statement came in response to a report in The Telegraph on Friday that Nvidia, one of the largest manufacturers of graphics chips, was “investigating a possible cyber attack that has taken parts of its business offline for two days.”

Citing an anonymous “insider” at Nvidia, The Telegraph reported that the company’s internal systems were “completely compromised” in a possible cyber attack – although some email services were operating on Friday, the report said.

Preventing leaks

Hacking back “is unusual, but definitely not heard of,” Kello told VentureBeat in a message. Often the goal is to prevent the leaking of stolen data, he said.

“I do not think there is any connection to the conflict in Ukraine,” Kellogg said.

Still, you can’t help but pay attention to a general theme in terms of pushing back against cyber attacks.

Russian cyber-attacks are already playing a role in shaping the country for its attack on Ukraine this week. U.S. and UK authorities last week blamed Russia for a large-scale distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack in Ukraine. Fresh DDoS attacks, as well as devastating cyber attacks involving Viper malware, struck Ukraine on Wednesday, shortly before the invasion.

But on Friday, a Bloomberg report said the hacker group, which is now plotting a counter-attack against Russia, has 500 members. And today, we have the announcement of the IT Army of Ukraine – possibly with the help of hackers from around the world.

“Approved or not, official or not, if people have the right information, how and what they want or can get – they can make an impact,” Sorensen said before the announcement of Ukraine’s IT army on Friday. “We have to wait and see what they can do.”

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