This is what 21st Century Cyber-Warfare looks like
By Toby Ferret
The BBC reports that the next salvo in the response to the Russian cyber-attack against the US Democratic Party has just been fired in a very big way.
The Russian State Security Bureau (FSB) reported that 20 government organizations were infected with a cyber-spying virus.
From the article:
” It (FSB) said the hack had been “planned and made professionally”, and targeted state organisations, scientific and defence companies, as well as “country’s critically important infrastructures”.
“The malware allowed those responsible to switch on cameras and microphones within the computer, take screenshots and track what was being typed by monitoring keyboard strokes, the FSB said.”
This is what 21st century cyber-warfare looks like. While we sit here lazing in the BC Day weekend holiday, a very serious global cyber-conflict is intensifying.
I’m full of trepidation about where this is going to lead.
Russia cyber attack: Large hack ‘hits government’
A “professional” cyber attack has hit Russian government bodies, the country’s intelligence service says.
A “cyber-spying virus” was found in the networks of about 20 organisations, the Federal Security Service (FSB) said.
The report comes as Russia stands accused over data breaches involving the Democratic Party in the US.
The Russian government has denied involvement and has denounced the “poisonous anti-Russian” rhetoric coming out of Washington.
The FSB did not say who it believed was responsible for hacking Russian networks, but said the latest hack resembled “much-spoken-about” cyber-spying, without elaborating.
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