12 Jan 2021

Kaspersky Connects SolarWinds Attack Code to Known Russian APT Group

Turla cyberspies were linked to the SolarWinds breach due to similarities in the malware used in the attack and Kazuar, a backdoor used. The hackers are believed to be based in Russia and targeted the SolarWinds company in a sophisticated attempt to breach the system of hundreds of high-profile organizations.

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07 Jan 2021

DoJ’s Microsoft 365 Email Accounts Compromised in SolarWinds Attacks

The Department of Justice has conceded that its email accounts were breached by Russian attackers as part of the SolarWinds Orion software attacks, according to an announcement made yesterday. Roughly three percent of email accounts were breached, the department stated. The stealthy attacks lead to email compromise among other agencies

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29 Dec 2020

Russian Covid deaths three times the official toll

Official figures state that 55,000 people have died from Covid-19 in Russia, however, Russia’s deputy prime minister has recently claimed that the actual number of casualties is 186,000, or 80% more than reported due to excess deaths. Excess deaths are classified as the difference between the total number of deaths

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29 Dec 2020

‘Very difficult to defend’: What happens if hackers are inside the Pentagon’s networks?

The Pentagon has protections in place to prevent breaches and threat actors accessing sensitive information such as communications and weapons systems. These cybersecurity measures, such as protective blockades, need to be strong enough to keep foreign hackers out of systems and prevent theft, alteration, or damage to their data. However,

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28 Dec 2020

SolarWinds Hackers “Impacting” State and Local Governments

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) recently issued a warning regarding the impact of the recent SolarWinds Orion software government espionage campaign likely conducted by Russia. The hack consisted of Russian nation-state hackers compromising SolarWinds’s popular Orion software supply chain, effectively installing a backdoor into hundreds of high profile

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28 Dec 2020

Russian crypto-exchange Livecoin hacked after it lost control of its servers

On December 24, Russian cryptocurrency exchange Livecoin released a post stating that they had been the target of a cyberattack leading to loss of control over some of its servers. The warning advises customers to temporarily refrain from using its services, including depositing funds, making trades, and using API. The

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21 Dec 2020

How the Russian hacking group Cozy Bear, suspected in the SolarWinds breach, plays the long game

The SolarWinds breach has thrown US government agencies and thousands of companies into a frenzy, trying to determine which agencies were hacked and what information was accessed. The culprit may have been one of the most high-profile and persistent hacking groups, the Russian government-backed APT29 referred to as Cozy Bear.

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18 Dec 2020

Nuclear Weapons Agency Hacked in Widening Cyberattack

According to Politico, official Department of Energy sources confirmed that the Energy Department and its National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) were compromised as part of the SolarWinds espionage campaign. The NNSA is responsible for maintaining the US nuclear stockpile. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has oversight for the entire

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17 Dec 2020

FireEye Identifies Killswitch for SolarWinds Malware as Victims Scramble to Respond

FireEye, the company that exposed the SolarWinds intrusion, has now announced that it has identified a killswitch that would halt the malware’s operation on infected networks. The White House National Security Council has already created a unified group to coordinate responses across victims and collaborate on solutions. However, the killswitch

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16 Dec 2020

DHS, DOJ And DOD Are All Customers Of SolarWinds Orion, The Source Of The Huge US Government Hack

The SolarWinds Russia espionage campaign is not limited to the Treasury and Commerce departments, the first two agencies to concede that they were victimized by the incident. The Department of Justice has also announced its involvement in the campaign, however, the list of government agencies that operated on the impacted

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