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Report: Russian cyber-spies attacking Poland

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Peter Gentle 29.10.2014 16:40
The Kremlin could be behind cyber-attacks on Poland and other western countries and institutions, new research claims.

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According to a report by security firm FireEye, techniques used by the hacker group dubbed ‘ATP28’ were noticeably more sophisticated than those used by Chinese hackers and point the finger at Moscow for being behind attacks on a range of western institutions over the last two years.

“ATP28’s characteristics – their targeting, malware, language and working hours – have led us to conclude that we are tracking a focused, longstanding espionage effort,” the report says.

“Given the available data, we assess that ATP28’s work is sponsored by the Russian government” FireEye claims.

The Russian government has already been blamed for several previous cyber-attacks, such as on the Ukrainian government’s computer systems this August, which also targeted Polish and other embassies.

The Symantec security firm reported 10 embassies in the Ukraine capital had come under cyber attack, using 'Snake' malware, also known as Ouroboros, the tail-swallowing serpent of Greek mythology.

The Financial Times quotes the Russia foreign ministry responded to the report, saying that “the Russian government does not support hackers.” (pg/sl)

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