Last week, security experts reported alleged APT29 hackers impersonating a State Department official in attacks aimed at U.S. government agencies, businesses and think tanks.
Cyber security experts are warning of new attacks against U.S. government agencies, think tanks, and businesses.
Threat actors carried out spear phishing attacks impersonating a State Department official to attempt compromising targets, the attacks are similar to the ones associated with Russia-linked group APT29 (aka The Dukes, Cozy Bear and Cozy Duke).
The spear phishing messages were spotted this week, they purported to come from a department public affairs official.
Security researchers from CrowdStrike and FireEye are investigating the attacks in the attempt to attribute them to a specific threat actor.
“The Department is aware of the recent malicious cyber event involving the spoofing (impersonation) of a Department employee reported by U.S. cybersecurity firm FireEye. No Department networks were compromised by this malicious cyber attempt.” reads the statement released by the State Department.
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”.