Russian Hacking Group is Trying to Steal U.S Most Sensitive Defense Weapons

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One of the most notorious Russian hacking group Fancy Bear is back and this time, they are trying to steal united state sensitive U.S defense weapons.

Fancy Bear, also know as APT 28 & Sofacy Group have targeted at least 87 people working in United State defense industry sectors containing missile, drone, stealth and cloud computing technologies, most of which is confidential.

The hacking group became well-known after breaching into the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Hillary Clinton campaign during the election of 2016. Notably, the criminals used the same approach technique while trying to gain access to their targets' personal email accounts.
"We've got a number of experts who've spent many years in that field and so picking their brains literally without them knowing would be of potentially significant use," said Kevin Gambold, in an interview. 
The technique is called "phishing," and while it's a fairly simple tactic, it's also very remarkably effective. The hacker just have to do simply send an email to the target, leading them to download a malicious file or click on the link. The malicious file usually contain remote access Trojan malware which helps the hacker getting directly access to target's computer.

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The link most of time revert to a fake page which ask the user to enter their username/email and password, which gvies the hacker the necessart credentials to log into the account at will. Sending very convincing phishing links disguised as Gmail account warnings is Fancy Bear's calling card. They used the same method to gain access to the Democratic National Convention and Clinton campaign.

"When our foreign adversaries are targeting them and exploiting the very sensitive technologies and weapon systems that we're trying to equip our troops with, it puts those troops at risk on the battlefield. And that's something everyone should be concerned about," said Charles Sowell, a former senior advisor to the Director of National Intelligence."

The Defense Security Service is tasked with training the industry in cyber security, but personal emails are outside their per view, making them ripe targets for U.S. adversaries.