Russia was not invited to the US-sponsored international conference against ransomware hackers. About it reported online edition of the Daily Beast citing an unnamed senior White House official. As the newspaper writes, the decision of the American side is due to “a number of reasons”, but it is not reported what specifically.
The event, taking place on October 13-14, is attended by about 30 states. Among other things, they discuss resistance to extortion attempts and the role of cryptocurrencies in laundering ransom money received by cybercriminals. transfers Deutsche Welle. Washington and Moscow have established a separate channel of communication on this issue.
October 7 CNN citing data from cybersecurity analysts reportedthat Russian hackers were once again trying to infiltrate government networks in the United States and Europe.
According to the channel, this is the same group of hackers that hacked into the systems of customers of SolarWinds, a software provider for US enterprises and government agencies, last December.
Hackers used new tools and techniques to try to hack. They have created a threat to several government agencies that deal with political and foreign policy issues, as well as to technology providers who provide direct or indirect access to the systems of organizations in North America and Europe.
The December attack lasted several months and affected dozens of government departments, including nuclear laboratories and the Pentagon, the Treasury and the Commerce Department. The US authorities announced their involvement in the attack by the hacker group APT29, or Cozy Bear, which, according to the American side, is linked to Russian intelligence. At the same time, Moscow denied all accusations of involvement in the hacking of computer networks.
On May 28, Microsoft recorded yet another massive hacker attack on US and foreign government agencies and think tanks.
As the then vice-president of the company Tom Burt said, the cyberattack was aimed at 3,000 mailboxes in 150 organizations working in the field of human rights protection. The main target of the attack was the United States, but at least 24 countries were affected.
A Microsoft spokesman argued that the marketing system of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) was attacked, after which the hackers were able to send emails with phishing links to different addresses, which downloaded malicious software to users’ computers. After that, hackers gained access to user data.