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As the war in Ukraine continues, cyber experts extend more helping hands. The Conti gang makes an announcement, while TrickBot makes a move. And Toyota makes a big decision. This is CyberScoop for February 28.

Cyberdefenders step up

Private cybersecurity firms are offering up free services in response to the cyberthreats raised by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Companies that have volunteered their services have seen an outpouring of support from other practitioners wanting to get involved. “A bigger credit is honestly owed to the infrastructure community for stepping up and saying, ‘Hey, whatever it takes, we’ll do it,’ and I think that’s awesome to see,” said Rob Lee, CEO and founder of Dragos, which is offering some services for free to small utilities. Tonya Riley reports.

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Ransomware groups take sides

One of the most notorious ransomware groups has pledged support to Russia and vowed to use all its resources to attack any Western government that organizes or participates in cyberattacks on Russia. The Conti gang — known for attacks on health care systems and providers, among other high-profile targets — made clear that it didn't support war and wasn't aligned with any government, but it still vowed to retaliate against Western and American cyberattacks. Other ransomware groups also have issued messages in support or against the war in Ukraine. AJ Vicens has more.

TrickBot: No one's ever really gone

TrickBot, the target of multiple takedowns over the course of 2020 and 2021, saw a sharp dip in activity recently, according to researchers at Intel471 and AdvIntel. But its operators? Intel471 said “it’s likely that the Trickbot operators have phased Trickbot malware out of their operations in favor of other platforms,” probably Emotet. Joe Warminsky takes a look.

Incident hits Toyota parts supplier

Toyota said Monday that it was suspending operations at all 14 of its plants in Japan after a domestic supplier of parts was hit by a suspected cyberattack. The corporation described it as a “system failure” at Kojima Industries Corp. A Kojima spokesperson told ABC News that the company was working to fix the problem, which essentially blocked its computers from communicating with Toyota. There was no information available about the suspected attackers or their methods. Joe explains.

CISA issues warning on WhisperGate, HermeticWiper

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has been regularly updating its “Shields Up” portal as the Russian invasion continues. The latest addition is an alert on destructive “wiper” malware that is now familiar to Ukraine-watchers in cybersecurity: HermeticWiper, which reared its head last week, and WhisperGate, first detected in January. More from CISA.

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