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RF security forces are using over 10 malware programs for stealing and destroying information – NSDC

21.02.2023, 16:25

The Russian special services are actively using malware programs to steal and destroy Ukrainian information; they have already created over 10 such programs.

Serhiy Prokopenko, deputy head of the information and cyber security service of the NSDC apparatus, said this during the roundtable "Cyber War: Malware as a Threat to Critical Infrastructure," reports Ukrinform.

"They have developed over 10 different malware programs that destroy information. They are being launched into our networks. Other malware that steals information are also being employed. Therefore, researching them is very important," he said.

Prokopenko stressed that this highlights the importance of the developments by the SBU's Institute of Special Equipment and Forensic Examinations, which allow not only to understand what happened, but also to collect evidence to be used to bring Russia to justice in the future.

He also added that it is necessary to think about systems that would not only analyze such malicious codes, but also prevent their use in the future, today.

During the roundtable, experts and academics, representatives of Ukraine's cyber security guarantors, enterprises and organizations shared their experience in the field of cyber security. They also discussed the issue of guaranteeing the cyber security of critical infrastructure facilities in times of cyber war; specific ways in which the aggressor country's special services are using malware; modern developments in detecting and curbing the use of malware; forensic examination of malicious software.

Furthermore, they discussed the regulatory and legal ways to guarantee cyber security, in particular criminal liability for cyber terrorism and the use of malware; the current state and development prospects of scientific and technical ways to guarantee cyber security; cyber security cooperation between the state and civil institutions; the role of public awareness of cyber threats and cyber hygiene in preventing the spread of malware.

As IMI reported, the SBU neutralized over 4,500 cyber attacks and cyber incidents in 2022.

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