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Russian Cyber Espionage Under The Microscope
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Charlie Babcock
Charlie Babcock,
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11/20/2014 | 9:12:18 PM
Coordination is clearly in the realm of the possible
I doubt if the skills of the underground in Russia have gone unnoticed by officials above ground. I suspect there are some very high paying jobs for the enterprising and skilled malware writers in the underground. Above ground, they stick to the KGB method of operations, inventive in its own way at least where the truth is concerned, but not keeping up the same way.
Kelly Jackson Higgins
Kelly Jackson Higgins,
User Rank: Strategist
11/21/2014 | 1:30:40 PM
Re: Coordination is clearly in the realm of the possible
@Charlie, there has been a lot of speculation and some signs that there is overlap. Here's a recent example w/attacks on Ukranian targets: 

http://www.darkreading.com/russian-cyberspies-hit-ukrainian-us-targets-with-windows-zero-day-attack/d/d-id/1316592?

Greg Hoglund of Outlier Security told me he has seen multiple casees of overlap between the two worlds:

"I had one case two years ago where there was a Zeus bot infection, and they [the victim organization] dismissed it as common malware," Hoglund says. "We examined the bot, and it had XLS, DOC, and all types of extensions specially [built] in plugins to grab those intellectual property documents. It was stealing [their] IP."
Dr.T
Dr.T,
User Rank: Ninja
11/21/2014 | 2:04:38 PM
Re: Coordination is clearly in the realm of the possible
Unless news organizations are wrong, most recent attacks have somehow related to the word "Russian", there will certainly be overlap on certain attacks.
Dr.T
Dr.T,
User Rank: Ninja
11/21/2014 | 2:02:16 PM
Re: Coordination is clearly in the realm of the possible
It may even be that case that other nationalities helping the hackers in Russia. The recent security breach is around web cams, there is tons of work to be done to capture it and present it in a web site.
Dr.T
Dr.T,
User Rank: Ninja
11/21/2014 | 1:59:54 PM
They have capacity
 

The more the Russian government is isolated the more aggressive they would get. I am not suggesting that government is involved but followers would be my best guess. Russians have pioneered many technological advancement especially in the space industry, they for sure have capabilities to orchestrate an attack.
Kelly Jackson Higgins
Kelly Jackson Higgins,
User Rank: Strategist
11/21/2014 | 2:02:52 PM
Re: They have capacity
Security researchers are saying they see Russia as more sophisticated in its cyber espionage than China. It may not be as pervasive as China, but it's definitely active and more stealthy.
ODA155
ODA155,
User Rank: Ninja
11/24/2014 | 3:41:29 PM
Re: They have capacity
@Kelly Jackson Higgins,... I believe the Russians have always been better at Cyber-theft espionage than the Chinese, remember The Russian Business Network (or RBN) from the early-mid 2000's when people in Russia were learning all about capitalism and the "free market"? The Chinese on the other hand are relatively new to the game but because of their large HUMINT capabilities were able to catch up quite quickly. The Russians have only recently turned their skills into cyber-spying, which they probably have\had an edge there too. But I think as with most things Russian it's all about money and China it's about the state.
Kelly Jackson Higgins
Kelly Jackson Higgins,
User Rank: Strategist
11/24/2014 | 4:02:58 PM
Re: They have capacity
So true, @ODA155. How could we forget The Russian Business Network? 


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