Interpol fears that military cyberweapons will fall into the hands of cybercriminals

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According to Interpol Secretary General Jurgen Stock, malware from the arsenal of government hackers will be sold on the darknet over the next few years.

Cybercriminals can reverse engineer malicious code developed by the military and create their own versions of malware. However, this can be used not only by financially motivated cybercriminals, but also by state-funded hackers to conduct operations “under a false flag”. Using the enemy’s cyberweapons, they can pass off their attacks as someone else’s, in which case their attribution will be impossible.

“This is the main problem in the physical world – weapons that are used on the battlefield today will be used by organized criminal groups tomorrow. The same applies to digital weapons, which today may be used by the military and developed by the military, and tomorrow will become available to criminals,” Stock said earlier this week during discussions at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

During the first few months of Russia’s military operation in Ukraine, information security companies recorded multiple attacks on Ukrainian government organizations. Russian-linked APT groups used vipers to destroy data on systems, and in some cases their attacks affected companies in other countries, for example, Viasat.

Earlier this month, the European Union officially accused Russia of carrying out cyber attacks on the Viasat-managed KA-SAT network in Ukraine on February 24, 2022.

The cyberattack caused communication failures both on the territory of Ukraine and in several EU countries. For example, 5.8 thousand Enercon wind turbines in Germany became unavailable due to the incident. SentinelLabs specialists investigating the attack discovered a previously unknown AcidRain viper that attacked routers and modems.

Stock stressed the importance of close cooperation between states and law enforcement agencies to prevent government cyber arsenal from entering the darknet.

“On the one hand, we know what is going on, but on the other hand, we need data from the private sector. We need your hacking reports. We are blind without your reports,” the Interpol Secretary General said.