CNN investigates massive attacks by Russian hackers on US and European government networks

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CNN investigated massive attacks by Russian hackers on government networks in the US and Europe

This is a group of hackers from the Russian Federation involved in the high-profile SolarWinds hack in 2020.

A group of Russian hackers involved in the attack on US federal agencies in 2020 has tried to infiltrate government networks in the US and Europe in recent months.

This is reported by CNN with reference to Charles Karmakal, Senior Vice President and CTO of Mandiant Cybersecurity Company.

& # 171; The group compromised several government agencies, organizations involved in political and foreign policy issues, as well as technology providers that provide direct or indirect access to the ultimate target & nbsp; organizations & nbsp; in North America and Europe & # 187; – said Carmakal.

He declined to name the technology providers. Another interlocutor of the publication, who wished to remain anonymous, indicated that US federal agencies are carefully monitoring the latest actions of hackers from the Russian Federation. & # 171; This issue was raised at recent meetings of the National Security Council & # 187;, – he noted.

According to the publication, we are talking about a group of hackers who broke into the systems of the US Treasury Department, National Administration on telecommunications and information and other government agencies.

It was found that they managed to do this by faking updates issued by SolarWinds, which carries out government contracts & nbsp; in the executive branches of government, the armed forces and intelligence services. It was also reported that cybercriminals gained access to Microsoft Office 365 software.

According to Washington Post sources, the hacker group APT29 (known as Cozy Bear) was behind the cyber attack, possibly related to with the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service. The Russian side called these accusations & # 171; unfounded & # 187 ;.

In January of this year, the US intelligence services confirmed that Russia was involved in the massive hacker attack on US federal agencies. Its purpose, according to the FBI, NSA, CISA and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, was to obtain intelligence.

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