A look back at the last year of attacks on Ukraine by Google’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG) provides insight into attacks on NATO countries to gain a cyberspace advantage.
If you watched the news about the Russia-Ukraine war, mentions of the battle in cyberspace have either been nonexistent or mentioned in passing. But a new analysis of the cyberwar efforts by Russia by Google TAG paints a very detailed story with a heavy emphasis on phishing.
Since the beginning of troop movement through all of 2022, Russia has been continually launching phishing campaigns by multiple Russia-based cyberthreat groups to compromise national, state and local government and military operations. According to the analysis, the attacks on NATO countries increased by 300%, while Ukraine targets increased 250%.
TAG also provided a detailed visual outlining the campaigns that occurred across all of 2022:
With phishing playing such an important role, especially in attacks on NATO countries, it’s important to have a layered email security strategy in place, as well as a user security strategy that includes Security Awareness Training to ensure any malicious email content that makes its way to the Inbox can remain ineffective.