A warning that unidentified hackers broke into an company of the US federal authorities and stole its information is troubling sufficient. But it surely turns into all of the extra disturbing when these unidentified intruders are recognized—and seem more likely to be a part of a infamous workforce of cyberspies working within the service of Russia’s navy intelligence company, the GRU.
Final week the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Safety Company printed an advisory that hackers had penetrated a US federal company. It recognized neither the attackers nor the company, however it did element the hackers’ strategies and their use of a brand new and distinctive type of malware in an operation that efficiently stole goal information. Now, clues uncovered by a researcher at cybersecurity agency Dragos and an FBI notification to hacking victims obtained by WIRED in July counsel a possible reply to the thriller of who was behind the intrusion: They seem like Fancy Bear, a workforce of hackers working for Russia’s GRU. Also called APT28, the group has been liable for every little thing from hack-and-leak operations concentrating on the 2016 US presidential election to a broad marketing campaign of tried intrusions concentrating on political events, consultancies, and campaigns this yr.
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