Ukraine Observed Nearly 14M Cyber Incidents in Q1 2022

The Majority of Incidents Entailed Malware Distribution, Phishing and Intrusion Attempts

Ukraine Observed Nearly 14M Cyber Incidents in Q1 2022
The majority of the attacks are tracked as coming through Russia. (Source: ISMG)

Three months after Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine began, the country takes a look back at the turbulence the nation has faced in its cyber sphere during Q1 2022, and considers the way ahead.

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The Cyber Rapid Response Team of the State Cyber Defense Center (SCPC) Ukraine that operates under the State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection of Ukraine, shared a report with Information Security Media Group which highlights the fact that Ukraine has faced nearly 14 million suspicious cybersecurity or information security events in the first three months of the year alone.

Of these 78,000 were treated as critical, the SCPC tells ISMG. It adds that 63% of the suspicious events were detected within ministries and organizations while another 35% affected regional government administrations.

Information Gathering

The statistics have been gathered from SCPC’s security operations center which monitors and detects malicious activity as well as system and network anomalies at several cyber defense facilities across Ukraine. It analyzes the data obtained from network devices [such as active sensors, firewalls, vulnerability scanners], workstations and servers, authorization systems, and internal and external cyber threat data sources, to identify the threats, the SCPC says.

Nearly a quarter of these sources of data have come from internal (9%) and external (15%) cyber threat data sources and a striking majority of 35% from vulnerability scanners and intrusion detections systems, the report says.

Data Points

The SCPC divided these information security or cybersecurity incidents into various categories and types to better understand the motives of Ukraine’s adversaries. The categorization found that malware distribution,…