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NoName Cracks Down On Ukrainian Corporations

Miklos Zoltan

By Miklos Zoltan . 29 January 2024

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Ukraine found itself in an impasse recently, after a massive targeted DDoS attack under NoName’s banner. The cybercriminal organization targeted 4 Ukrainian targets, managing to disrupt their operations and cause significant financial damages.

  • The 4 hit by NoName recently were Zaporozhye Titanium-Magnesium Plant, OGHK, Velta, and Energy Support Fund
  • Aside from the Energy Support Fund, all of the other 3 targets are in the titanium market
  • NoName took responsibility immediately after the operations, claiming that the DDoS attack is meant to disrupt Ukraine’s economic and military will
  • NoName is a notorious pro-Russian organization that emerged soon after Russia invaded Ukraine in February of 2022

The pro-Russian group currently ranks as among the most active, dangerous, and versatile cybercriminal organizations in the world. Despite pretty much a newcomer, NoName is now globally recognized.

This is thanks to the group’s influence, reach, and finances, which paint it as a highly influential cybercriminal actor. Because of this profile, some theories paint NoName as a puppet of the Russian government.

X showing the NoName attack on the Ukrainian companies

Those who make this claim point at the group’s very public pledge of allegiance that they posted in March 2022. In that post, NoName announced its pro-Russian stance and declared war to Ukraine and all of its supporters.

DDoS attacks soon followed, first aimed at Ukraine. The organization targeted both public and private institutions in an attempt to inflict as much damage as possible.

NoName’s Aura of Invincibility

Despite being extremely active, aggressive, and publicly present, NoName remains unidentified so far. This suggests the idea that the group is very well founded and can evade detection and investigation with ease.

The consensus is that the group also appears to be very large and with a very intricate internal structure. This allows the DDoS actor to constantly upgrade its systems and MOs and remain on the top of their game.

NoName even created its own DDoS tool called DDOSIA, which they have used successfully against a number of DDoS attacks. The tendency to cooperate with other cybercriminal organizations like Killnet also boosts the group’s reach and power.

More importantly, NoName doesn’t limit its activity to the cyberspace-only. Ukrainian media representatives have reported receiving threatening letters from NoName, especially in the first few months of the war.

This shows that NoName doesn’t shy away from using any method at their disposal to frighten, intimidate, and silence their victims. The group has also been unexpectedly active during the past month, with several high-profile multi-target attacks on record.

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