Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Russian Government Linked to More Cybersecurity Breaches

By NICOLE PERLROTH, NYT
OCT. 28, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — For the second time in four months, researchers at a computer security company are connecting the Russian government to electronic espionage efforts around the world.

In a report released on Tuesday by FireEye, a Silicon Valley firm, researchers say hackers working for the Russian government have for seven years been using sophisticated techniques to break into an array of computer networks, including systems run by the government of Georgia, other Eastern European governments and militaries, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and other European security organizations

The report does not cite any direct evidence of Russian government involvement, such as a web server address or the individuals behind the attack, nor does it name the Russian agency responsible. But the researchers have made the government connection because the malicious software, so-called malware, used in the incidents was written during Moscow and St. Petersburg working hours on computers that use Russian language settings and because the targets so closely align with Russian intelligence interests.

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