Russian Citizens Engage in Cyberwar From Within

Earlier today, Oct. 2, Kyiv Post was contacted by hackers claiming to be members of the National Republican Army (NRA). As previously reported by Kyiv Post, the NRA is a group of Russian citizens seeking the overthrow of the Putin regime.

The NRA hackers explained to Kyiv Post that they had executed an advanced ransomware attack on the network of Unisoftware, a Russian software development company known for the development and implementation of web applications, desktop systems, cloud, and API solutions.

While communicating with Kyiv Post, the NRA member stated that their primary motivation was “Putin needlessly sending our young men to die in an unjust war waged against Ukraine that has resulted in the slaughter of innocent civilians, including women and children.”

Corroborating what the NRA member told Kyiv Post, proof of the hackers’ work was provided, including screenshots of the ransomware attack, which was clearly identified by the extension. t73 on several files, including the standard decryption instructions file generated by the machines.

Russian Citizens Wage Cyberwar

The NRA hackers claimed to have stolen copies of all of Unisoftware’s data, which included, but was not limited to, bank account and personal account credentials, sensitive employee information, phone numbers, addresses, contracts, and proprietary code for Unisoftware’s clients and software. The group has threatened to release the data and all obtained information if Unisoftware is not paid promptly.

Kyiv Post was able to confirm the authenticity of the stolen data as coming from Unisoftware and review what appeared to be data from several of Unisoft’s Russian Government clients. When asked about secondary access, the hackers declined to comment; however, according to open sources, Unisoftware’s clients include the Federal Tax Service, the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation, and the Central Bank of Russia.

At this time there’s no clear indication of how much access the hackers have to Unisoftware’s environment, but one of the hackers said, “It’s funny because they tried to kick us out and fix the machines. They don’t understand that we are still there, and have been there for months, and will continue to terrorize them for helping maintain the Putin Regime.”

Another of NRA member mocked Unisoftware’s urgent efforts to salvage their data, saying, “Go ahead. Change your passwords and try to restore your data. We’ve stolen your passwords each and every time. We think we have enough data at this time to make your lives very difficult if you do not pay us.”

Kyiv Post did not receive a response regarding other associated attacks.

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