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IMG_2259_-_Washington_DC_-_US_CapitolWashington: A “sophisticated cyber attack” by alleged Russian hackers forced the US department of defence to shut down its joint staff unclassified e-mail system, leaving thousands of workers without mails for nearly two weeks, the US media reported.

US officials who spoke on conditions of anonymity on Thursday said that the intrusion happened around July 25 and affected about 4,000 military and civilian personnel, Xinhua reported, citing NBC News.

The officials said the hackers coordinated the cyber attack on Pentagon through social media accounts, adding that they could not decide whether the Russian government was behind the attack.

In another hacking incident last year, alleged Russian hackers breached the White House’s computer system and reportedly read the US President Barack Obama’s unclassified e-mails.

(IANS)

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Russian Hackers Targeting European Embassies: Report

Check Point Research has pointed out several other similar attack campaigns, including some targeting Russian-speaking victims as well

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Hackers threaten to reveal 'secret' data linked to 9/11 attacks. Wikimedia Commons

Russian cyber attackers recently targeted a number of embassies in Europe by employing a weaponised version of TeamViewer — a popular remote access service and malware disguised as a top secret US government document, according to media reports.

“They typically emailed the officials Microsoft Excel sheets with malicious macros that appeared to have originated from the United States State Department. Once opened, the hackers were able to gain full control of the infected computer by weaponising the installed TeamViewer software,” The Verge reported late on Monday.

The hackers attacked European embassies in Kenya, Italy, Liberia, Nepal, Guyana, Bermuda and Lebanon, among others.

“While Russian in origin, it’s unlikely that these attacks were state-sponsored. One perpetrator was traced back to a hacking and carding forum and registered under the same username, ‘EvaPiks’ on both.

“‘EvaPiks’ posted instructions on how to carry out this kind of cyber attack on forums and advised other users as well,” the report added.

Check Point Research has pointed out several other similar attack campaigns, including some targeting Russian-speaking victims as well.

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Due to the attackers’ background in the illegal carding community, Check Point suggested that they could have been “financially motivated”, the report suggested. (IANS)

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