Microsoft says destructive malware spotted in Ukraine’s government agency systems

US software giant Microsoft first detected the malware on Thursday. (Representative)

Microsoft Corp said in a blog post on Saturday that it saw destructive malware in systems belonging to several Ukrainian government agencies and organizations that work closely with the Ukrainian government.

Microsoft said victims of the malware include Ukrainian government agencies that provide critical executive branch or emergency response functions.

Also affected was an information technology firm that manages websites for clients from the public and private sector, including government agencies, whose websites were recently hacked. Microsoft did not identify the IT firm involved.

The US software giant, which first detected the malware on Thursday, said the malware attacks did not exploit any vulnerabilities in Microsoft products and services.

A massive cyberattack on government websites began on Thursday night, warning Ukrainians to “fear and expect the worst”, leaving some websites inaccessible on Friday morning and prompting Ukraine to open an investigation. was inspired to.

Reuters reported on Saturday that Ukraine suspected that a hacker group affiliated with Belarusian intelligence had carried out the cyberattack, and that malware was used by a group linked to Russian intelligence, according to a senior Ukrainian security official. is similar to.

The malware, which disguises as ransomware, will disable infected computer systems when activated by an attacker, Microsoft said, adding the company is working with the cybersecurity community to identify and assist targets and victims. Will continue to do