Last Updated on 05/03/2022 by Nidhi Khandelwal
Malware attacks against charities and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working in Ukraine are aimed at disrupting their operations and humanitarian efforts to help those affected by Russia’s war.
In a blog post published on Friday, Amazon did not name the organizations targeted in the attacks.
“While harmful state actors are increasing their activity, other bad actors are increasing their operating tempo,” Amazon stated.
“We’ve seen a number of cases where malware has been explicitly aimed towards charities, non-governmental organizations, and other humanitarian organizations in order to cause confusion and disruption.”
“Malware has been focused at disrupting medical supplies, food, and clothing relief in some most heinous situations.”
UNICEF, UNHCR, World Food Program, Red Cross, Polska Akcja Humanitarna, and Save the Children are among the NGOs, charities, and assistance groups with which the corporation is collaborating on humanitarian relief in Ukraine.
Spear-phishing attacks targeting European government officials involved in logistics support for Ukrainian refugees were discovered by Proofpoint researchers.
Malicious macro attachments were emailed in the attacks, which downloaded a Lua-based virus called SunSeed, which was used to spread more payloads onto affected systems.