FBI Thwarted a Massive Russian Hackers Attack
The US FBI repelled a large-scale attack by Russian hackers who tried to combine thousands of routers and firewalls into a botnet to load third-party servers with fraudulent traffic.
According to Reuters, the targeted botnet was controlled by the Cyclops Blink malware, which according to the US and UK cyber defense agencies belongs to the Sandworm hacker group, allegedly linked to Russian military intelligence.
Cyclops Blink is designed to capture devices manufactured by WatchGuard Technologies Inc and ASUSTeK Computer Inc. In the case of a successful capture of the equipment, the software provides full access, allowing you to remotely upload or delete data, as well as configure devices against third parties.
WatchGuard confirmed its cooperation with the US Department of Justice in taking down the botnet but did not disclose the amount of equipment affected. The FBI also reported that several thousand businesses that used equipment that was targeted by malware suffered from a hacker attack.
U.S. authorities recommended that WatchGuard device owners take steps “to address viruses and vulnerabilities,” but patches were made in less than half of them.
At the same time, Microsoft specialists thwarted attempts by hackers associated with the Russian GRU to hack servers in Ukraine.
According to the company, the hackers tried to gain access to Ukrainian organizations, including the media. The company believes that the hackers were trying to establish long-term access to the systems in order to provide tactical support for the Russian military invasion of Ukraine and seize confidential information.
On February 24, Russia carried out a paramilitary invasion of Ukraine on several fronts, shelling Kharkiv, Kyiv, Sumy, Chernihiv, Vinnytsia and other cities of various calibres.
The Ukrainian army is holding back the invasion of the enemy. From the hottest spots, the civilian population is trying to evacuate to other cities or even countries.
The world community organized to help the refugees and the Ukrainian army and imposed strict sanctions against Russia.
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