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Android used to track Ukrainian Artillery positions | Security


Android used to track Ukrainian Artillery positions | Security

According to Reuters, Android malware was used to track and target Ukrainian artillery. This occurred between 2014-2016.

CrowdStrike, a cyber security firm, reports that infected Android devices were able to transmit comms and location data of Ukrainian artillery units, and that data was used by pro-Russian separatists to strike Ukrainian artillery in eastern Ukraine.

CrowdStrike co-founder Dimitri Alperovitch stated in an interview, that the malware deployed against the Ukrainian artillery was a variant of the malware used to hack DNC email servers. Alperovitch stated that this was the reason for heavy losses in artillery units deployed by Ukraine.

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The application used was not distributed on Google PlayStore. The artillery officer who wrote the legit app made the decision to distribute the app on VK.com, a Russian social media site that is very similar to FaceBook.


Also published on Medium.