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Russia’s hacking frenzy is a reckoning

Enlarge / The attack hit multiple US agencies—and a full assessment of the damage may still be months away. Andrew Harrer | Bloomberg | Getty Images Last week, several major United States government agencies—including the Departments of Homeland Security, Commerce, Treasury, and State—discovered that their digital systems had been breached by Russian hackers in a …

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Microsoft: State-backed hackers targeted COVID-19 vaccine creators

boonchai wedmakawand via Getty Images State-sponsored campaigns to hack COVID-19 vaccine makers might be more commonplace than previously thought. According to ZDNet, Microsoft has detected hacks from three “nation-state actors” targeting seven pharmaceutical firms and researchers, including the US as well as Canada, France, India and South Korea. The software giant didn’t name the targets, …

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Fancy Bear imposters are on a hacking extortion spree

Enlarge Ransomware attacks that tear through corporate networks can bring massive organizations to their knees. But even as these hacks reach new popularity highs—and new ethical lows—among attackers, it’s not the only technique criminals are using to shake down corporate victims. A new wave of attacks relies instead on digital extortion—with a side of impersonation. …

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Russian state hackers appear to have breached a federal agency

Sean Gallup/Getty Images Russia’s 2020 hacking campaigns might have included a successful data breach at the US government. In the wake of a CISA notice warning of a cyberattack on an unnamed federal agency’s network, Wired and security company Dragos have obtained evidence suggesting Russia’s state-backed APT28 group, better known as Fancy Bear, was behind …

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Russia’s Fancy Bear hackers likely penetrated a federal agency

Enlarge / SONY DSC Boris SV | Getty Images A warning that unidentified hackers broke into an agency of the US federal government and stole its data is troubling enough. But it becomes all the more disturbing when those unidentified intruders are identified—and appear likely to be part of a notorious team of cyberspies working …

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NSA and FBI warn that new Linux malware threatens national security

Enlarge Suse The FBI and NSA have issued a joint report warning that Russian state hackers are using a previously unknown piece of Linux malware to stealthily infiltrate sensitive networks, steal confidential information, and execute malicious commands. In a report that’s unusual for the depth of technical detail from a government agency, officials said the …

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