The links between the Russian hacker group Fancy Bear and the Kremlin are becoming clearer every day.
An Associated Press investigation discovered attempts to break into the email accounts of 4,700 strategic and influential people across the world, 573 of whom were in the “top echelons of the [United States’] diplomatic and security services”.
The proof that the hackers are linked to the Russian government is growing. Many analysts reviewing the list of targets claim that no one but Russia would have interest in infiltrating the email accounts of such a specific group of people – including government officials from the United States, Ukraine, and opposition leaders in Russia itself. 95% of the data obtained by AP was created between 9 am and 6 pm Moscow time.
It is unclear just how many of those targeted by Fancy Bear’s phishing messages unwittingly fell for the schemes. What we do know is that it helped lead to Hillary Clinton’s downfall and that former Secretary of State Colin Powell had two years of emails leaked.
As AP writes:
“Even if only a small fraction of the 4,700 Gmail accounts targeted by Fancy Bear were hacked successfully, the data drawn from them could run into terabytes – easily rivaling the biggest known leaks in journalistic history.”
This is scary stuff. Workers for Boeing, Raytheon and Lockheed Martin – all companies that have U.S. government contracts – were targeted in the schemes as well.
Cybersecurity isn’t just a buzzword – it’s vital to national security and corporate stability. Governments and businesses need to start looking beyond unsecure methods of communication like email if hackers are ever going to be stopped.
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Tom Kott, HATLEY Strategy Advisors, 514.316.7082, email@example.com