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Nov
14

Russian hacking team The Dukes targeting NGOs and think tanks after Trump victory

The TechCrunch posted an article titled, “Russian hacking team The Dukes targeting NGOs and think tanks after Trump victory.” The article reads in part as follows;

“According to Internet security team Volexity has detected an active spear-phishing effort by Russian hacker groups including Cozy Bear and the Dukes. The targeted phishing emails feature subject lines like “The “Shocking” Truth About Election Rigging” and a false “FYI” from the Clinton Foundation.

You can read about the efforts on Volexity’s own site and KrebsOnSecurity.

“Volexity observed five different attack waves with a heavy focus on U.S.-based think tanks and non-governmental organizations (NGOs),” the company wrote. “These e-mails came from a mix of attacker created Google Gmail accounts and what appears to be compromised e-mail accounts at Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS). These e-mails were sent in large quantities to different individuals across many organizations and individuals focusing in national security, defense, international affairs, public policy, and European and Asian studies. Two of the attacks purported to be messages forwarded on from the Clinton Foundation giving insight and perhaps a postmortem analysis into the elections.”

Most of the emailed links pointed users to download malware via a Microsoft .lnk file. The resulting infection activated the PowerDuke Backdoor, a program that turns Windows machines into part of a zombie botnet.”

Click here to read the entire article.

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