The focus of the attacks is in the United States, the director wrote. Those targeted are authorities, think tanks, consulting firms, and NGOs. And behind him is the Nobelium hacker group, which was also responsible for the attack on the US software company SolarWinds.
“These attacks appear to be a continuation of Noblum’s multiple efforts to target government agencies involved in foreign policy as part of an intelligence effort,” Burt said. In response to the SolarWinds attack, among other things, the United States imposed sanctions on Russia in April. And the US authorities blamed the Russian Foreign Intelligence for this attack. And SWR rejected it.
Burt wrote that hackers gained access to an email marketing service in the current attack, which is used by the United States Agency for Development Cooperation (USAID). From there, the hackers had sent out fraudulent emails that looked like original emails from USAID. The emails contained a link to install malware. This allows data to be stolen and other computers in the network to be infected, among other things. Multiple attacks will be blocked automatically.
White House spokeswoman Karen Jean-Pierre said on Friday that the US government was aware of the hacking attack. We are monitoring the situation. ” The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Authority (Cisa) invited users and administrators to read information from Microsoft To indicate an attack.
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