Hackers group Sednit (also known as Fancy Bear, Sofacy, APT28, Tsar Team), which is suspected of working for the Russian secret services have tried to hack into the accounts of hackers from the group “Anonymous international” (also known as “Humpty Dumpty”), known for its anti-Kremlin stance, said the report from ESET (maker of NOD32 antivirus software). According to the authors of the report, the hacker group appeared no later than 2004, and over the past two years, its activity has increased significantly.
Allegedly, Sednit informed several times attacked the structures of Western countries. American company cyber CrowdStike wrote in his blog that the hackers is Russian GRU. Firm FireEye in 2015, released a report which stated that the group has a state sponsor in Moscow. Most of the targets of hackers who managed to install ESET, used Gmail.
Victims of attacks are the Democratic party, the German Parliament, the French television network TV5Monde, the members of the party PARNAS, LDPR, “the Chechen organization”, “Russian political dissidents”, the journalists across Eastern Europe, foreign scientists, the leadership of Ukraine, the Embassy of Pakistan in Kiev, the ministries of defence of several countries (Argentina, North Korea, Turkey, Ukraine) and Embassy no less than 16 countries (Algeria, Brazil, Colombia, Djibouti, India, Iraq, Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Myanmar, South Africa, Turkmenistan, UAE, Uzbekistan and Zambia). Only 1 888 targets of attacks.
In the course of Sednit attacks used phishing attacks, emails with viruses, malicious sites. Writes ESET, hackers send email links, clicking on which the victim’s computer was under attack: first, exploit-kit Sedkit discovers the vulnerability, and then passes the victim through a chain of malware infecting your computer.
This fall, hackers Fancy Bears published the results of hacking of the databases of the world anti-doping Agency (WADA), which suggests that WADA was allowed to use banned substances in the therapeutic exemptions (TUE) for a number of well-known athletes. WADA Director General Olivier Niggli expressed confidence that the cyber attacks coming from Russia, and called on the Russian authorities to do everything possible to halt the activities of hackers.
If the World anti-doping Agency (WADA) officially appeal to Russia with a request to help in the fight against hackers, Russia will provide such assistance. This was reported to journalists the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov.
“If we are talking about the request of help, of course” – quoted by TASS representative of the Kremlin, answering the question whether Russia is ready to answer the call of the anti-doping organization to halt the activities of hackers. Peskov said that this will happen “if this treatment will do.”
Press Secretary of the President emphasized that “Russia consistently supports the fight against cybercrime, consistently invites all States to international cooperation in this area.”
Earlier it became knownthat the American official persons, without naming names, referred to by CNN, accused the Russian authorities in cooperation with the organization WikiLeaks, which continues to publish the stolen correspondence after the leak of emails to the US Democratic party, which Washington suspects Russian hackers.
American officials familiar with the investigation into the leak, said there are indications that the Russian government had supplied WikiLeaks with data mailboxes. The reason for such assumptions become a regular publication by WikiLeaks of the letters of the head of the election campaign of Democrats John Podestà.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has previously denied any connection or cooperation with Russia. In the Russian Federation deny any connection with hacker attacks. The Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov called such allegations “absurd” and drew attention to the fact that Washington had not provided “any evidence, no facts” in favor of the fact that Moscow interferes with the election process of the United States.
A group of hackers “Anonymous international” has a blog “Humpty Dumpty”, who at different times posted: text of new year address of the President before it was announced, the scenario of the rally in support of Crimea, the correspondence of the former leader of the DNI Igor strelkov, a list of secretly awarded for the Crimea journalists. Journalists draw attention to the fact that the publication of “Humpty Dumpty,” touched the interests of Vyacheslav Volodin, Vladislav Surkov, Sergei Naryshkin, Dmitry Peskov, and other public figures and officials.