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Mandia: Russian State Hackers Changed The Game
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User Rank: Strategist
12/6/2016 | 12:17:40 AM
Re: .osiris ransomware
One of the password recovery phone numbers was Russian, but Krebs said MUNI system was accidentally hacked, just another victim of cyber crooks.
User Rank: Strategist
12/5/2016 | 2:31:21 PM
Re: It is going to get interesting
What about the latest San Francisco MUNI ransomware hack? Brian Krebs found that hacker has Iranian or Russian background.
User Rank: Strategist
12/5/2016 | 2:18:52 PM
Re: It is going to get interesting
Not really, all the latest ransomware examples are made in Russia, DynDNS DDoS attack on 10/21/16 has Russian origin. Hacking - is a part of their modern foreign policy, which includes hybrid war elements, to achieve their goals.
User Rank: Apprentice
12/4/2016 | 7:47:54 AM
Re: It is going to get interesting
Putin or Russia interfering in the US election is a myth created by the Clinton campaign.
David Balaban
David Balaban,
User Rank: Strategist
12/3/2016 | 9:48:03 AM
We are very slow fighting Chinese cyber intruders. With Putin, it is going to be the same. I do not hope that we will be able to change things soon.
User Rank: Ninja
12/2/2016 | 1:27:02 PM
Machismo is Back in Style
We've seen a few things the last few years that have set the tone for this type of brazen activity.  Certainly the hacker community in general has had a "brass set" attitude since the beginning, and while anonymity has been important, throwing your persona out there and making sure your hacks were attributed to you is nothing new.  But the days of such "machismo" (sorry to set up a gender-specific analogy here) between world leaders seemed like a thing of the past when it came to the global attitude toward Western leadership.  Seems like we're moving back to a certain mindset where countries like China, North Korea and Russia are happy to raise the middle finger to us and crack open our digital infrastructure.  Why not?  The Middle East (clarify: terrorist-organizations) has done this for years outside the digital realm, but even that is now fair game for radical terrorist groups.  The regular appearance of Anonymous (never forget, never forgive), Assange and other high-profile hackers also confuses some folks about whether hacking is now "OK".  While I can't say anything bad about Anonymous, Assange seems to be setting a tone of "cybercrime is the new investigative reporting" and to some extent that carefree attitude is catching on with world leaders who don't know the difference between back-slapping and outright... well, you get the point.  With the current chest-puffing administration here in the US, I can't see this stopping any time soon.  But is this a bad thing?  Not so sure it is.  There's nothing like knowing who your cyberattacker is when wanting to bring down an Enemy of the State.  Please, Russia, and any other country that wants to: brag, boast and puff.  Maybe this will inspire the harder-to-catch cybercriminals to do the same so we can finally nab them in the act, too.  
Kelly Jackson Higgins
Kelly Jackson Higgins,
User Rank: Strategist
12/2/2016 | 10:58:00 AM
Re: Typo with the Name.
@Ashu001 Actually, the spelling is correct as-is. Kevin Mandia founded Mandiant. =)


Thank you for sharing your thoughts on nation-state cyber espionage. 
User Rank: Apprentice
12/2/2016 | 9:25:14 AM
Typo with the Name.


I don't mean to disparage your Amazing article but it sure bugs me a lot when I see your wonderful write-up get spoiled by the fact that the Company in Question is Named as "MANDIANT" and not "MANDIA".


I am amazed that nobody (in either the readership at Darkreading) or the Phenomenal Editors have spotted the error previously.


The Company does phenomenal research as ANyone who has used their REDLINE Tool regularly,will attest to.


ALso,I am not surprised that the Russian Hackers are no longer covering their tracks.


Just in the USA,the UK,Israel,China and of course Russia-State Sponsored Hacking Groups operate as a function of State Policy/Diktat.

The fact that the Russians are no longer covering their tracks simply implies that the Russian Government feels more confident in their place in the world.

Anyone who reads the Latest Geopolitical News will tell you how Russia is on the ascendency globally (Syria as well as with the Latest OPEC annoucement).

So,all this state sponsored Hacking is just a function of their Great Power Status.


User Rank: Strategist
12/2/2016 | 9:12:25 AM
It is going to get interesting
Given that Putin made no attempt to hide his desire to see Trump win and Trump made no attempt to hide his desire to have Putin interfere with the US election it wil be _interesting_ to see how a Trump administration will respond to Russian hacking.  It would be even more interesting to see how US intelegence agencies respond if it appears as if a President Trump wants to take a hand off approach on the subject. They took an oath to protect the Constitution and people of the United States, not the President.

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