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Malware Discovered in Ukraine’s International Airport

Reuters report reveals that the malware was found in the IT network of Boryspil International Airport near Kyiv during last week, which apparently included air traffic control system of the airport. A military spokesperson, namely Andriy Lysenko, told Reuters that the software communicates with the command and control centre of the malware, which is the external server, is in Russia and no damage had happened.

But experts are not jumping to a conclusion about the culprit behind the malware. A malware was detected at three separate power firms of Ukraine in last December, and the latest malware attack looks to be a replica of the previous ones. The malware was found in a computer of IT network of the Boryspil International Airport.

Reuters posted on 18th January, 2016, stating that there is no proposal of involvement of Russian government in these cyber attacks at this stage, despite these attacks has come at a time when relations between Russia and Ukraine strained badly due to separatist conflict in Eastern Ukraine for almost two years. Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-UA) published a warning on Monday directing to system administrators about "potential attacks (using) BlackEnergy". This warning delivered a list of suspicious IP addresses for admins to check their system logs against.

Reuters reported quoting a spokesperson of the airport as saying: Ukrainian authorities were investigating to find out whether BlackEnergy malware was there at the Boryspil airport. Here, the concern is that BlackEnergy could have given access to hackers to systems, like they had given in case of power grid attacks. They had seen a shutdown of power in December caused by a malware attack, which was apparently for the first time.

SBU state security service of Ukraine has accused Russia, but the energy ministry said that it would not hold Russia responsible till formal investigation is completed. Tensions between these two countries remain strained due to constant encounter including continuous cyber-war with both countries attacking computer systems of each others government.

Motherboard made several calls to a press number of Boryspil International, provided by the information desk of the airport, were not answered.

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