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Major Russia's meat producer hit by an encryption attack


Hackers used Windows BitLocker to encrypt the IT systems of one of Russia's largest meat producers, Miratorg Agribusiness Holding.

The attack was confirmed by the Russian veterinary and phytosanitary supervision service, Rosselkhoznadzor. The announcement was later deleted from the agency's website.

Rosselkhoznadzor stated that threat actors used Windows BitLocker, a full volume encryption feature native to the Windows OS.

The attack closely resembles what a ransomware attack would look like, with perpetrators locking the victims' IT systems and later demanding ransom for an encryption key.

However, in Miratorg's case, no one contacted the company to ask for money. According to Rosselkhoznadzor, an encryption attack can also be used for 'subversive purposes.'

According to Rosselkhoznadzor's statement, 18 subsidiaries of Miratorg were affected by the attack, resulting in distribution disruptions that might last up to several days.

Russian invasion

Several of Russia's state organizations suffered from hacking attempts following the Kremlin's invasion of Ukraine on February 24.

The hacker community started rallying to help Ukraine, with Anonymous being the most prominent group. However, numerous hacker groups and researchers partake in various campaigns to help Ukraine.

Cyber activists targeted Russian government websites, Russian state-controlled media outlets TASS, Kommersant, Izvestia, Fontanka, and RBC, pushing them offline. Russian carrier Aeroflot and major lender Sberbank were also experiencing outages and access issues.

Russian nuclear agency Rosatom and the country's space agency Roscosmos were breached by hacktivists protesting the war in Ukraine.


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