The Russian Intelligence agency, the FSB, announced the discovery of a spyware in the computer networks belonging to at least 20 organizations.
While security experts and the US law enforcement speculate the involvement of Russian state-sponsored hackers behind the DNC hack, the Federal Security Service, the FSB, announced the discovery of a spyware in state computer networks.
The news was first reported the Reuters agency today, Saturday, June 30, networks belonging to at least 20 organizations were infected by a malware as part of a coordinated attack.
“Russia’s intelligence service said on Saturday that the computer networks of 20 organizations, including state agencies and defense companies, have been infected with spyware in what it described as a targeted and coordinated attack.” reported the blog post published by the Reuters.
The FSB hasn’t provided further details about the attack, its experts found many similarities to other attacks that hit Russian entities and other targets worldwide. At the time I was writing the Russian authorities haven’t provided information about who is behind the attacks.
“Information technology resources of government agencies, scientific and military institutions, defense industry companies and other entities involved in crucial infrastructure have been infected,” reads the announcement published by the FSB on its website.
As always happens in these cases, the nature of the attack and of the chosen targets lead the experts into believing that the attack was launched by a nation-state actor.
Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer.
Editor-in-Chief at "Cyber Defense Magazine", Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness led Pierluigi to find the security blog "Security Affairs" recently named a Top National Security Resource for US.
Pierluigi is a member of the "The Hacker News" team and he is a writer for some major publications in the field such as Cyber War Zone, ICTTF, Infosec Island, Infosec Institute, The Hacker News Magazine and for many other Security magazines.
Author of the Books "The Deep Dark Web" and “Digital Virtual Currency and Bitcoin”.