Senior security officials from the US and UK have joined forces to tackle global cybersecurity threats. The UK’s National Security Agency (NSA), Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) issued a cybersecurity advisory on July 1 .
In the joint statement, the governments accused Russian military intelligence of carrying out malicious cyber attacks against the United States and other global organizations. networks. The report also accuses Russian hackers of abusing VPNs (virtual private networks) and Tor (a kind of privacy-focused network) to carry out “widespread, distributed and anonymized brute-force access attempts against hundreds of people. government and private sector targets “.
Russian hackers used VPN and Tor to spy: report
The report details how the General Intelligence Directorate (GRU) of the Russian General Staff has targeted foreign organizations. The notice highlights the “Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (TTP), GTsSS Actors” used by hackers to target several private and public sector networks around the world. In support of this claim, the report reveals that the Russians are using “brute force access to penetrate government and private sector victim networks.” Both governments accused Russian hackers of carrying out cyber attacks against several organizations, including government offices, military and defense contractors, energy companies, logistics companies, law firms, organizations. media, political parties and political consultants based in the United States and Europe since at least mid-2019. The Russian Embassy in Washington has yet to comment on the matter, but has consistently dismissed such allegations in the past.
The involvement of the Russian military spy agency in the 2016 US presidential elections
This is not the first time that Russia has been accused by the United States of indiscretion. Previously, in mid-2018, Unit 26165 was indicted for interference in the 2016 US presidential election. Robert Muller’s investigation uncovered Unit 26165’s interference in the presidential election which aided the Democratic Party of former President Donald Trump to win.
The United States and Great Britain have stepped up efforts to develop a safe space for everyone on the web. They called on countries, including Russia and China, for their alleged involvement in hacking and foreign cyber attacks. In the past, India has also banned several Chinese apps and accused them of spying and misusing users’ private data.