In accordance with fbi and Ministry Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Russian hackers are attacking critical US infrastructure, such as energy networks, πυρηνικές εγκαταστάσεις, συστήματα αεροπορίας και μονάδες επεξεργασίας νερού των Ηνωμένων Πολιτειών, αναφέρει το TNW.
A report describes numerous efforts, at least since March of 2016, where Russian hackers hit government agencies and many areas of critical US infrastructure.
Symantec researchers first described the threat in a report last September, noting that the malware can be linked to previous attacks from 2014. Analysis by both the FBI and DHS confirmed a cluster of "distinct behaviors" and ultimately identified "Dragonfly," a sophisticated Kremlin-backed hacking group.
Today's report offers the first time a public confirmation by government officials that this type of attack is, or at least was, an attack by Russian hackers.
FBI and DHS officials pointed to two different categories of victims: stationary and intended targets. For the initial attack, hackers often infiltrated trusted software vendors. Knowing that these targets were often based on less secure websites than their final victim, hackers used a kind of trojan horse for her installation malware that was actually intended for a much greater purpose.
Today's report did not reveal what the software was, at least not specifically. However, he said the attacks were in "small commercial establishments" and were coordinated and targeted, and not by chance. The hackers allegedly hit vulnerable installations, with operating systems developed a decade ago.
Symantec, in its report, warned that hackers may have the ability to cause mass blackouts, although they were not sure about the scale of the problem.
Οι σημερινές ανακοινώσεις συνοδεύονταν και από νέες κυρώσεις για τη Russia. Οι κυρώσεις αφορούν τουλάχιστον τρεις οργανώσεις και 13 άτομα. Από αυτές, ίσως η πιο αναγνωρίσιμη είναι το Internet Research Agency, το επονομαζόμενο “troll farm” που είναι υπεύθυνο για την καταστροφή των προεδρικών εκλογών του 2016 με τη χρήση διαφημίσεων στο Facebook που προοριζόταν για την διαίρεση της κοινής γνώμης για την αμερικανική πολιτική.
The Russian Federal Security Service, a kind of military intelligence service, is also on the list.
So the FBI, after Symantec, is officially pointing the finger at Russia for long-term hacking attacks on US infrastructure. Truth or fake news that supports American propaganda? Nobody knows…