Symantec cybersecurity experts: The malware deployment is preceded by a reconnaissance with the AdFind tool. The victims are large organizations.
Erdogan: The home-made Turkish cyber security software stopped a big cyber attack against the military
The Turkish cyber security experts stopped a cyber-attack aimed at the military, thanks to a locally-developed software. It has been announced by the president Recep Tayyp Erdogan, during an award ceremony of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) and Turkish Academy of Sciences (TÜBA). “The software named ‘Octopus’ that we have developed has stopped a cyber attack on a military command headquarters and it has been incorporated in a NATO drill,” Erdogan said. “We need to show the sensitivity that we have for the protection of our borders similarly to the data that our country produces. Today, cyberattacks and technological shortfalls are the biggest threats that violate the state’s security and an individual’s privacy. Turkey”, he continued, “no longer knows any bounds regarding scientific researches. We are running works in every area. Two weeks ago, we realized a dream and set up Space Agency.”
The Turkish president did’t gave details, but probably the attempt is related on the situation in Syria and the recent movements of the Ankara troops
There are no information and further details about the Turkish Octopus software and the cyber attack against the military. But, according to many cyber security threat maps, the country in the last month suffered a rise in aggressions. These have been especially trojan, phishing and malware driven. Turkey is already the 13th most hit country in the world and the recent news about Syria could have increased the attack rate. Probably the threat actors tried to steal the Ankara plans for the area, especially related to the Manbij region, following the US decision and the recent movements of Turkish soldiers. That’s why the military has been targeted.