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Amid a blackout in Ukraine, hackers hit political and financial targets, analysts say

by Chris Bing

As a mysterious power outage hit neighborhoods just north of Kiev last week in what is believed to be a sophisticated cyberattack, hackers were also simultaneously breaking into Ukrainian political organizations and financial institutions, John Hultquist, iSight's director of espionage analysis, told CyberScoop based on digital forensic evidence. The hackers were using unique tools previously linked to a pro-Russian group dubbed “Sandworm,” capable of quickly deleting mass quantities of data.