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Hundreds of PCs in Ukraine have been infected with data-erasing spyware.

According to analysts at the cybersecurity firm Eset, a newly discovered damaging piece of software spreading in Ukraine has infected hundreds of PCs.That was just one example of a growing wave of cyberattacks against Ukraine’s tech infrastructure in the days leading up to Russia’s invasion on Thursday morning, according to Ukrainian officials.There’s a new threat: Eset, a cybersecurity firm, said the data erasing tool had been “loaded on hundreds of PCs around the country” in a series of tweets. The attack had most likely been planned for a few months, according to the report.

Experts in the field of Cloud Computing are working feverishly to dismantle the harmful malware. It appeared to have been digitally signed with a certificate issued by an obscure, year-old Cypriot company called Hermetica Digital Ltd, which does not appear to have a website, according to researchers.

Because operating systems utilise code-signing as a first check on software, a certificate like this may have been created to enable the rogue programme evade antivirus safeguards.
It’s not impossible to obtain a certificate under false pretences – or to steal one – but it’s usually an indication of a “skilled and targeted” attacker, according to Brian Kime, a vice president of US cybersecurity firm ZeroFox.

Russia denies involvement: It’s unknown who’s behind the wiper, but suspicion immediately fell on Russia, which has been accused of undertaking data-scrambling hacks against Ukraine and other countries on several occasions. The charges have been refuted by Russia.

As Russia massed troops across its borders, Ukraine has been frequently targeted by hackers in recent weeks. The government, foreign ministry, and state security service websites were all down earlier on Wednesday, in what the administration described as the commencement of another denial of service (DDoS) attack.

Twitter suspends accounts by mistake: Twitter said it had terminated approximately a dozen accounts that were posting about Russian military activities by accident, adding that the action was not the result of a coordinated bot campaign or widespread reporting of the accounts by other users.

In a statement, a Twitter representative stated, “We’ve been proactively monitoring for emerging themes that are violative of our policies, and in this instance, we took enforcement action on a number of accounts in error.” “We’re investigating these steps as quickly as possible and have already proactively restored access to a handful of affected accounts.”

When Bitcoin falls, altcoins fall with it: On Thursday, bitcoin fell to its lowest level in a month after Russian forces fired missiles at numerous Ukrainian cities and landed troops on the country’s coast, spurring a sell-off of riskier assets.

The world’s most popular cryptocurrency dropped 7.9% to $34,324, its lowest level since January 24. Smaller coins that usually move in lockstep with bitcoin plummeted as well, with ether shedding as much as 10.8% of its value.

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