Nvidia cyberattack not related to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, report says

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Nvidia has yet to release further details on the cyber “incident” it is investigating – but a report on Friday states that the apparent cyber attack was not linked to the Ukraine crisis brought on by Russia.

Sanctions from the US and other Western countries were raised on Thursday due to the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine by its neighbor Russia this week. Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly threatened to take action against the West if his nations “interfered” in Russia’s campaign against Ukraine – given the Putin regime’s repeated use of the tactic, many believe it could involve the deployment of cybertex.

However, according to a Bloomberg report on Friday, the cyber attack on Nvidia was not related to Russia’s war against Ukraine. The breach was “not linked to the crisis in Ukraine,” the report said, citing a source familiar with the matter.

When Friday arrived, Nvidia said it could not confirm the report and did not have any additional information to add to its earlier statement.

A Bloomberg report also states that the incident “appears” to be a ransomware attack, and suggests that the attack was “relatively minor.”

In a statement to Nvidia on Friday, a spokesman said the company was “investigating an incident” and was “still working to assess the nature and scope of the incident.”

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

Outage reported

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.

Potential “malicious network intrusions” have led to outages for the company’s email systems and developer tools, the report says.

Under such circumstances, cyber defenders should not “immediately assume” that the attacks are retaliation for Western sanctions against Russia, said Rick Holland, CISO of Digital Shadows.

“This response is possible, but it needs to be investigated and validated,” Hollande said. “The ransomware crew has been teasing victims for years and will continue to do so.”

Threatened retaliation

However, in his recent speech, Putin made it clear that the entire Western world is his enemy and all options are on the table, according to Eric Byres, a cybersecurity veteran who is now the CTO of Adolus Technology.

In his speech on Thursday, Putin said “those who may be tempted to interfere in this development,” that “Russia will respond immediately, and the consequences will be something you have never seen in your entire history.”

Russian cyber-attacks are also 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.

Meanwhile, Russia’s attacks on Ukraine have prompted hacking groups around the world to step up their activities – in many cases supporting one of the two sides, in what some call a “cyber proxy war.”

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