1. DDoS Attack on Ukraine Ministry of Defense
Cyber Berkut’s first impression raised eyebrows from security researchers in 2014. The group identified and applied Distributed Denial-of-Service cyber attacks. The DDoS was used to falsify internet traffic, switch off target websites against the Polish government, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense and NATO.
Cyber Berkut DDoS was an unsophisticated attack vector used to attack German government websites. The group acted in protests of financial and political support given to Ukraine by the Germans.
2. Cyber Attack on Ukraine’s Central Election Commission website
In May, 2014, the group claimed responsibility for influencing and tampering with Ukraine’s Central Election Commission. The software used only displayed real-time updates of the tightly contested Ukraine election which did not function for 20 hours. The information in the hard drives was lost while router settings were erased. Nonetheless, the hack did not affect the final outcome of the election.
3. Notorious Attack on Electronic Billboards in Kiev
The group hacked electronic billboards in Kiev; showed graphic images of civilians killed in the Ukrainian conflict, and connected the atrocities to Ukrainian government officials. Still, a Russian tabloid, Komsomolskaya Pravda, referred to alleged Cyber Berkut’s leaked conversation in which Ukrainian government officials admit to Ukraine downing Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.
4. Cyber Attack during US President Joe Biden’s visit to Ukraine
Still, Cyber Berkut claimed to have accessed confidential documents from handset devices used by an official from Mr. Biden’s team during the US Vice-President’s visit to Kiev. The documents appeared to give an insight into Washington’s involvement in military assistance to the Ukraine government. Besides, Cyber Berkut hacked several Ukrainian government websites and placed messages on the home pages, which read, “Joseph Biden is the fascists’ master.”
5. Tricked German official websites and Chancellor Angela Merkel’s page
Hackers claimed responsibility for shutting down the Chancellor’s official page and the lower house of parliament. The group demanded that Germany stop political and financial support for the Ukrainian government in Kiev. Cyber Berkut released a statement noting that the support was aimed at waging war against pro-Russian forces in the eastern part of Ukraine.