Russian Hacking Group Targets The German Government’s Internal Communications Network

An
infamous Russian hacking group known as Fancy Bear, or APT28, is by and large
broadly considered responsible on account of a security breach in Germany’s
defence and interior ministries’ private networks as affirmed by a government
spokesman.

It is
said to be behind the reprehensible breaches in the 2016 US election likewise
including various cyber-attacks on the West. The group is accounted for to have
targeted on the government’s internal communications network with malware.

As per
the reports by the DPA news agency the hack was first acknowledged in December
and there may have been a probability of it lasting up to a year.

“We can
confirm that the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) and intelligence
services are investigating a cyber-security incident concerning the federal
government’s information technology and networks,” a German interior
ministry spokesman said on Wednesday.



The
group apparently hacked into a government computer system particularly intended
to operate separately from other open systems i.e. public networks to guarantee
additional security known as the “Informationsverbund Berlin-Bonn”
(IVBB) network. The framework is utilized by the German Chancellery,
parliament, federal ministries and a few security institutions.

Fancy
Bear, also called Pawn Storm, is believed to run a global hacking campaign that
is “, as far-reaching as it is ambitious” as indicated by a report by
computer security firm Trend Micro.
Palo
Alto Systems, a cyber-security firm, on Wednesday released a report saying that
Fancy Bear now gives off an impression of being utilizing malevolent emails to
target North American and European foreign affairs officials, incorporating a
European embassy in Moscow.

“Pawn
Storm” was even reprimanded for a similar attack on the lower house of the
German parliament in 2015 and is likewise thought to have targeted on the
Christian Democratic Union party of Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Authorities
in the nation issued rehashed notices about the capability of “outside
manipulation” in a last year’s German election.

The
hacking bunch has been linked to the Russian state by various security experts
investigating its international hacks and is additionally known by certain
different names including CozyDuke, Sofacy, Sednit and Tsar Group.

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