Recent Cyberattacks

  • Recently, few “State-sponsored” Chinese hacker groups targeted various Indian power centres. However, these groups have been thwarted after government cyber agencies warned it about their activities.
  • Recently, Australia had to stave off its biggest cyber threat with the attack targeting everything from public utilities to education and health infrastructure. India has also been a victim to many such cyber-attacks in the past like WannaCry, Petya ransomware, Mirai botnet etc.
  • Towards the end of 2020, a major cyberattacks headlined ‘SolarWinds’ —was believed to have been sponsored from Russia. It involved data breaches across several wings of the U.S. government, including defence, energy and state.
  • Thousands of U.S. organisations were hacked in early 2021 in an unusually aggressive cyberattack, by a Chinese group Hafnium, which had exploited serious flaws in Microsoft’s software, thus gaining remote control over affected systems.
  • Another Russia-backed group, Nobellium, next launched a phishing attack on 3,000 e-mail accounts, targeting USAID and several other organisations.