By: Eric Vicencio
It was recently reported that Ukraine had been hit with various cyberattacks. This included data-wiping malware and a denial-of-service (DoS) attack, which affected their military, government sites, and economy.
What is a DoS? A denial-of-service (DoS) attack occurs when legitimate users are unable to access information systems, devices, or other network resources due to the actions of a malicious cyber threat actor. Services affected may include email, websites, online accounts (e.g., banking), or other services that rely on the affected computer or network. A denial-of-service condition is accomplished by flooding the targeted host or network with traffic until the target cannot respond or simply crashes, preventing access for legitimate users. (CISA.gov)
The United States Department of Homeland Security and the FBI has warned of potential cyber attacks on US-based companies or companies that do business with Ukrainian companies. We suggest taking extra caution for the foreseeable future and ensuring that all hardware and software are patched and up to date. As always, report anything that looks suspicious.