Thursday, April 18, 2024

Pro-Russian Actors Initiated A DDoS Attack Against Canadian Organizations

The Canadian government, banking, and transportation industries have recently been the targets of many distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.

This criminal activity is linked to state-sponsored cyber threat actors from Russia. Since March 2022, NoName057(16), a pro-Russian hacktivist operator or group, has claimed responsibility for many Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) operations against targets in perceived anti-Russian nations.

The back-end infrastructure of NoName057(16) is hosted in Russia and is probably run by individuals with knowledge of system design and maintenance.

The Canadian Centre for Cyber Security issued a warning to inform the public about these activities, draw attention to the possible effects on government services, and offer advice to organizations that could target criminal activity.

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Using Denial-Of-Service Attack To Cause Disruption

The threat actors bother businesses by using denial-of-service attacks. This is performed by a group of computer systems acting as a botnet to hinder the operation of a targeted web server. The actors then make this degradation public.

DDoS is a type of cybercrime in which the perpetrator floods a server with internet traffic to keep people from accessing linked websites and online services.  

These attacks are carried out by attackers who aim to knock down a company’s servers to make a statement, have fun by taking advantage of a cyber vulnerability, or show their displeasure.

“Actors leverage denial of service tools to harass organizations. This is accomplished through a collection of systems operating as a botnet that degrades a targeted web server’s ability to provide services”, reads the advisory.

Most of the time, on-premises solutions can control this issue; nevertheless, third-party DDoS solutions should be taken into consideration to help stop major and targeted hostile activity. 

Once the actors have terminated the harmful behavior, websites usually resume regular functionality.

The Cyber Centre predicted in July 2022 that state-sponsored cyber threat actors in Russia will very definitely continue to carry out operations in support of the strategic and tactical goals of the Russian military.


Check the perimeter systems to see whether any related activity has taken place.

Review and put into practice the precautionary measures recommended in the Cyber Centre’s recommendations on defending your company from denial-of-service attacks.

Examine the guidelines for US agencies released by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), which includes technological mitigation suggestions for handling DDoS activity.

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