While malicious state actors’ activity is increasing, other malicious actors’ operational tempo is also increasing. We’ve seen malware specifically targeted at charities, NGOs, and other aid organisations in order to spread confusion and disrupt operations.
Malware has been designed to disrupt medical supplies, food, and clothing relief in these particularly egregious cases. We will continue to work hard to protect these customers and will collaborate closely with them as they carry out vital work to assist those affected by this terrible conflict.
Over the last few days, we’ve been working across Amazon to figure out how we can best support those affected by the violence. Because it is difficult for any company without a local presence to provide direct assistance in a war zone, we are donating $5 million to organisations on the ground that are providing critical assistance, such as UNICEF, UNHCR, World Food Program, Red Cross, Polska Akcja Humanitarna and Save the Children.
Researchers from cybersecurity firm Proofpoint discovered a spear-phishing campaign, likely carried out by a nation-state actor, that compromised an email account of a Ukrainian armed service member in order to target European government personnel involved in managing the logistics of refugees fleeing Ukraine.
The phishing emails contained a weaponized attachment designed to download SunSeed, a Lua-based malware. Experts discovered similarities between the infection chain associated with this campaign, known as Asylum Ambuscade, and other attacks observed by Proofpoint in July 2021, implying that they were carried out by the same threat actor.
We are working to support our teams and Ukrainian immigrants in other ways, in addition to providing financial support for relief efforts on the ground in Ukraine. For example, we granted additional time off to employees in Poland to care for themselves and their families, and we’re working with Ukrainian nationals to expedite immigration work visas if they’ve relocated.
Finally concluded that ,” The recovery from the war will take many years, and we will continue to work with NGOs, our employees and our partners to support relief efforts and those affected.“