Russian government 'targeted by spyware'

Spyware that could turn on webcams targeted government bodies, Russia says

Russia has been accused of hacking the US election, but its own government has also been the target of a wide-ranging attack.

That is according to the FSB, the Russian Federal Security Service, which claimed 20 Russian government organisations were hit by spyware as part of a "coordinated attack".

The attack targeted "important infrastructure", including science and defense bodies, according to a report on state news agency TASS.

The malware has specific features depending on the target victim, the news agency said, and can listen to network traffic, take screenshots, turn on webcams and microphones, log keystrokes and more.

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below
Advertisement - Article continues below

The FSB did not directly pin blame for the attack on any group or country, but said the malware was similar to "much spoken about" attacks that had previously hit "the Russian Federation and around the globe".

The revelation comes as Russia faces accusations of hacking the Democratic National Committee and its affiliated congressional body, with emails from the former released by Wikileaks showing a bias against Hillary Clinton's former rival for the Democratic nomination, Bernie Sanders.

US officials and security experts have agreed that attack appears to come from Russian agents, though an FBI investigation continues and Russia denies the accusation.

Featured Resources

Digitally perfecting the supply chain

How new technologies are being leveraged to transform the manufacturing supply chain

Download now

Three keys to maximise application migration and modernisation success

Harness the benefits that modernised applications can offer

Download now

Your enterprise cloud solutions guide

Infrastructure designed to meet your company's IT needs for next-generation cloud applications

Download now

The 3 approaches of Breach and Attack Simulation technologies

A guide to the nuances of BAS, helping you stay one step ahead of cyber criminals

Download now
Advertisement

Recommended

Visit/security/internet-security/354417/avast-and-avg-extensions-pulled-from-chrome
internet security

Avast and AVG extensions pulled from Chrome

19 Dec 2019
Visit/security/354156/google-confirms-android-cameras-can-be-hijacked-to-spy-on-you
Security

Google confirms Android cameras can be hijacked to spy on you

20 Nov 2019

Most Popular

Visit/operating-systems/25802/17-windows-10-problems-and-how-to-fix-them
operating systems

17 Windows 10 problems - and how to fix them

13 Jan 2020
Visit/business-strategy/mergers-and-acquisitions/354602/xerox-to-nominate-directors-to-hps-board-reports
mergers and acquisitions

Xerox to nominate directors to HP's board – reports

22 Jan 2020
Visit/microsoft-windows/32066/what-to-do-if-youre-still-running-windows-7
Microsoft Windows

What to do if you're still running Windows 7

14 Jan 2020
Visit/web-browser/30394/what-is-http-error-503-and-how-do-you-fix-it
web browser

What is HTTP error 503 and how do you fix it?

7 Jan 2020