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Eurovision 2022 Ukraine Kalush Orchestra Wins Russia Hack Threat

Eurovision 2022 Ukraine Kalush Orchestra Wins Russia Hack Threat

The same Russian threat actors who this week targeted Italian parliamentary and military websites and threatened to disrupt Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) services may now have the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 final in their sights .

Threat group Killnet threatened to “send 10 billion requests” to Eurovision’s online voting system and “add votes to another country”.

What is Killnet?

The pro-Kremlin cybercrime group Killnet boasts of conducting “military cyber drills” to improve the skills of its members, appears to be primarily involved in reasonably simple, albeit disruptive, distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.

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According to Cyjax threat intelligence experts, Killnet first emerged in March after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Using the recently launched “Killnet Botnet DDoS” resource, its first target was the anonymous hacktivist collective. This involved disrupting “the anonymous website”. Or, at least, he would have been if such a thing existed.

As Cyjax explains, there is no central anonymous website. “It is more likely that an independent generic anonymous website was targeted to boost the morale of the Russian side,” Cyjax said.

Killnet threatens to disrupt Eurovision 2022 final voting

In an apparent attempt to prevent or disrupt online voting for Ukraine’s current Eurovision favourites, the Kalush Orchestra, Killnet has hinted that it may be targeting Eurovision servers. In a Telegram message, the group claimed to have already disrupted the voting system. Or rather that the DDoS botnet could be the cause of past voting difficulties.

Russia was banned from competing at Eurovision 2022 after invading Ukraine, and the Kalush Orchestra said a win would boost the morale of the Ukrainian people.

A Eurovision spokesperson said the voting system has “a wide range of security measures in place to protect public participation” and that this year will be no different in that regard.

Killnet also appears to be removing the threat of Eurovision 2022 final voting

As with many of these types of groups, it can be difficult to separate liability claims for service interruptions from expediency when sites experience unrelated technical difficulties. Strangely, the group Killnet seems to distance itself from these threats to the Eurovision final in the same message that it addresses to them.

The group posted on Telegram claiming Eurovision’s online voting servers were unprotected and threatened to send “10 billion requests and add votes to another country”. However, he also said that “it doesn’t make sense to influence online voting” and that further attacks “are not worth the trouble”. The messaging is pretty mixed, to say the least. The threat is certainly there, though it’s frankly unlikely to accomplish anything.

Eurovision 2022 organizers expected to take extra cybersecurity precautions this year

Jake Moore, the former Head of Digital Forensics at Dorset Police in the UK and now Global Cybersecurity Advisor at ESET, said: “It’s no surprise that he has also become the target of a cyberattack, especially when victory is so closely tied to national pride. Naturally, Eurovision organizers should take extra cybersecurity precautions this year if they want to ensure that the voting system remains as sturdy as possible.” Moore went on to say that malicious actors are ready to disrupt the final in any way they can, but “DDoS protection is an easy win assuming organizers don’t underestimate the power of a denial attack.” service”.

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