Indeed, the United States indicated on Monday that Russian military intelligence had tried to disrupt the infrastructure with cyber hackers. Mainly at the Olympic and Paralympic Games next year in Tokyo.
In fact, the US authorities pointed out that the Russian Military Unit 74455 of the Russian military intelligence agency GRU had carried out some operations. Specifically, against the organizers, logistics providers and sponsors of the Games.
Accordingly, in an indictment revealed Monday, the US Justice Department said cyber hackers, through six members of the unit. They had played a key role in attacks on targets ranging from the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea to the 2017 French elections.
Russian cyber hackers attack
Specifically, the Deputy Director of the FBI, David Bowdich, assured that: «The FBI has repeatedly warned that Russia is a highly capable cyber adversary. The information revealed in this indictment illustrates how pervasive and destructive Russia’s cyber activities really are.«.
Prosecutors also allege they were responsible for the catastrophic 2017 “Not Petya” malware attack. By the way, they caused billions of dollars in damage.
New attack paralyzes large companies
Under these circumstances, the attack infected the computers of large companies. Encrypting files and demanding a ransom in Bitcoin.
And it is that a new ransomware called simply Not Petya. Indeed, it affected the computer equipment of a good number of multinationals, among which the following stand out:
- The DLA Piper Law Firm
- Mondelez Food Company
- The pharmaceutical company Merck
It should be noted that hackers forced the payment of $ 300 in Bitcoin. And they had to send a proof of transfer to a specific email address.
US sanctions Russian hackers
Indeed, the United States Treasury has sanctioned two Russian hackers. For stealing millions of dollars in cryptocurrencies.
In a press release on Sept. 16. OFAC indicated that the hackers stole a total of $ 16.8 million.
In this regard, the Secretary of the Treasury of the United States Steve Mnuchin, warned: “We will continue to use our powers to attack cyber hackers. We remain committed to the safe use of Blockchain technology”.
But, the truth is that in security you are never 100% sure. What do you allege about it? Leave us your opinion in the comment box.
I say goodbye with this phrase from Aristophanes: “Distrust is the mother of security”.