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Russians hack Ukrainian café security cameras to monitor aid convoys

Security cameras in Ukraine coffee shops have been reportedly accessed by Russian hackers aiming to collect information, according to a senior US security executive.

user icon Daniel Croft
Thu, 13 Apr 2023
Russians hack Ukrainian café security cameras to monitor aid convoys
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According to the director of cyber security at the NSA (National Security Agency), Rob Joyce, Russian state-sponsored and government hackers are gaining control of CCTV camera in cafés and other sources in order to monitor passing aid convoys.

“There are continued attacks on Ukrainian interests, whether it’s financial, government, personal, individual business, just trying to be disruptive,” he said at the Center for International and Strategic Studies in Washington.

“There are creative things going on. We are watching the Russian hackers log into public-facing webcams to watch convoys and trains delivering aid.

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“They are also hacking those webcams ... And instead of using the town square (cameras) that are available to the internet, they’re looking at the coffee shop security camera and seeing the road they need to see.”

The US said that the Ukrainians are under “daily pressure” from Russia and its cyber attacks.

The news of the recent camera hacking campaign comes only a month after Microsoft reported findings that suggested Russia was planning a new wave of cyber attacks affecting both military and civilians in Ukraine.

“Since January 2023, Microsoft has observed Russian cyber threat activity adjusting to boost destructive and intelligence gathering capacity on Ukraine and its partners’ civilian and military assets,” it said in the report.

Since Russia’s “Special Military Operation” in February last year saw its invasion of Ukraine turn into a fully-fledged war, the conflict has become the first major cyber war, with large-scale cyber operations on both sides.

Russian attacks on Ukraine have spiked 250 per cent in the last two years, with certain Russian cyber attacks being called out by Ukraine as war crimes.

Ukraine has called for a Cyber United Nations to be developed to prevent the growing threat of cyber warfare and cyber war crimes.

Daniel Croft

Daniel Croft

Born in the heart of Western Sydney, Daniel Croft is a passionate journalist with an understanding for and experience writing in the technology space. Having studied at Macquarie University, he joined Momentum Media in 2022, writing across a number of publications including Australian Aviation, Cyber Security Connect and Defence Connect. Outside of writing, Daniel has a keen interest in music, and spends his time playing in bands around Sydney.

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