Amid the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, several hacktivist groups have reportedly falsely claimed to have carried out successful cyberattacks on both countries. However, a new report from Check Point Research suggests those reports were wrong.
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Hacktivist groups in question include AgainstTheWest, KelvinSecurity, and Killnet. Claims of a successful hack of the Russian search engine Yandex, a Russian nuclear facility and a hack of the Anonymous website have been proven false.
CPR’s report suggests that the groups used a combination of old YouTube videos, public information and copied pages to convince the public of a successful hack. The report also points out that numerous other groups are spreading misinformation during the current conflict.
The leaked files that AgainstTheWall claimed were leaked have been classified by CPR as already available public information. Meanwhile, KelvinSecurity claimed to have invaded a nuclear facility in Russia, posting “leaked” links, databases and videos as evidence.
However, the video provided by the group turned out to be a year-old clip from Youtube, while links led to information that had been publicly available for years. The pro-Russian group Killnet also claimed to have hacked Anonymous’ website and released a video as “proof”. CPR suggests these are fake.
Cyber Security Guide
Check Point Security has also published a list of steps to follow to avoid spreading misinformation. Read the notes below.
Beware of fake news. Avoid and be wary of misinformation that spreads quickly
Check the timestamps. Pay attention to timestamps on content – you may find that you are sharing old, irrelevant messages
Track the origins of content. Pay attention to the content you engage with. Where is it from? Are you called to strengthen it? Do you have a strong emotional reaction to it? Are you being asked to spend money?
Check the link you will receive. Always pay attention to links you receive and check them. Are they on loan elsewhere? Does it lead to a copied page?
Rely on sources you trust. Always use information from trusted and official sources.