Russia's GRU spy agency launched a "phishing" attack in November to access the email of Burisma Holdings employees, California cyber firm Area 1 Security said in a report.
According to the report, the timing of the GRU's campaign in relation to the 2020 US elections raised the specter that this was an early warning of what has been anticipated since the successful cyberattacks undertaken during the 2016 US elections.
Platform agnostic attack, Simjacker allows hackers to remotely exploit the victims' phone by sending a SMS which contains a malicious code; the code gives instructions to the universal integrated circuit card (UICC)/ SIM card placed inside the targeted device to retrieve and carry out sensitive commands.
The attack is set into motion as soon as the 'attack SMS' sent via another remote handset, is received by the targeted device. The process involves a series of SIM Toolkit (STK) directions particularly configured to be sent on to the SIM Card inside the victim's device.
On September 12, 2019, it became known that the Central Bank has a new punishment for banks for poor cyber defense. The Central Bank launched a new feature for credit institutions, it will be the risk profile on the level of information security.
The risk profile will be formed on the basis of four characteristics, including the share of unauthorised card transactions and the bank's readiness to repel an attack.