NoName Ransomware Targets Germany For Ukrainian Prez Visit

The group has allegedly targeted German government websites and has not provided details of compromised data or website downtime

by Krishna Murthy June 11th, 2024

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The NoName ransomware group has claimed responsibility for yet another cyberattack targeting government websites in Germany. The proclamation of the attack comes just 11 days after the group is said to have targeted German entities such as Energie Baden-Württemberg AG, Leistritz AG, and Aareal Bank AG.

In this latest attack, the group allegedly targeted the Federal Office for Logistics and Mobility and the Federal Ministry of the Interior and Community. NoName allegedly carried out a DDos (Distributed Denial-of-Service) attack, preventing other users from accessing the websites.

In the message posted on a dark web forum on Tuesday, NoName claimed that the attack on German websites was to condemn the visit of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to the country to participate in a conference on Ukraine’s post-war recovery.

“Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy arrived in Germany late in the evening on Monday, June 10, to take part in an international conference on Ukraine’s reconstruction. In his message in Telegram, Zelenskyy said that during his visit he had meetings with German Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Bundestag chairwoman Berbel Bas,” NoName said.

“We decided to visit the conference too, and crush some websites,” it added.

Despite the hack, NoName has not provided elaborate evidence or context of the cyberattack nor has it provided any details of how the German websites would be affected.

While many experts had previously warned people not to underestimate thread actors who take out DDoS attacks, their effectiveness remains a big question, as most of the targets suffer only a few hours of downtime before returning to normal operations.

As of the writing of this report, there has been no response from officials of the alleged target websites, leaving the claims unverified.

Previous Instances of NoName Ransomware Attacks

Since first emerging on dark web in March 2022, the pro-Russian hacker group NoName has been increasingly active, shortly after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The group has taken responsibility for a series of cyberattacks targeting government agencies, media outlets, and private companies across Ukraine, the United States, and Europe.

Before making the claim of targeting German websites, NoName had a history of targeting prominent organizations in other countries.

In April 2024, the group allegedly launched a cyberattack on Moldova, affecting key government websites such as the Presidency, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Internal Affairs, and the State Registry.

These websites were rendered inaccessible, displaying the message, “This Site Can’t be Reached.” The attack hinted at a politically motivated agenda, though NoName did not explicitly disclose their motives.

In March 2024, NoName targeted multiple websites in Denmark, including significant entities like Movia, Din Offentlige Transport, the Ministry of Transport, Copenhagen Airports, and Danish Shipping. Similarly, in January 2024, the group attacked high-profile websites in the Netherlands, including OV-chipkaart, the Municipality of Vlaardingen, the Dutch Tax Office (Belastingdienst), and GVB.

More recently, NoName’s cyber onslaught on Finland raised further alarms. Finnish government organizations, including Traficom, the National Cyber Security Centre Finland (NCSC-FI), The Railways, and the Agency for Regulation and Development of Transport and Communications Infrastructure, faced temporary inaccessibility due to DDoS attacks.

The ongoing cyberattacks by NoName across several countries serve as a reminder of the perils of the digital landscape. The operations of NoName ransomware, combined with their alleged political motives, highlight the urgent need for enhanced cybersecurity measures and international cooperation. The cybersecurity community must remain vigilant and proactive in protecting digital infrastructure from such malicious actors.


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