Russian hackers have used Microsoft Windows vulnerability that allowed to spy on NATO and Western governments computers disclosed iSight Partners study. Same security flaw has been used to reach computers in Poland and Ukraine.
ISight Partners did not specify what information hackers have managed to get it, but assumed it was searched for information about the crisis in Ukraine. "Microsoft promised to correct the error by sending an automatic renewal of damaged versions.
The operation dubbed "Sandworm" because the software code researchers discovered the similarities in the science fiction novels "Dune" storyline. Since the attacks also affected the energy, telecommunications and defense companies, as well as the National Security Conference GlobSec participants and academician of the Russian - Ukrainian relations expert.
Hackers spied on for five years, although the vulnerability of Windows was launched in August this year to exploit, which allowed hackers to expand the campaign.
ISight not say whether hackers associated with the Russian government, but a senior analyst reported that an attack is likely done with the news, because the hackers attempted to extract only the information, not the money.
Sixteen pages of study iSight told 2013. were the targets of the NATO computer sending a file that looked like a diplomatic document from Europe, but in fact it was a case of malware.
At the same time, several Ukrainian regions infested e-mail was sent. post, which allegedly should have information about the pro-Russian extremists.
According to security analysts, the vulnerability of such a long period of time could not be set because the hackers exploited a security flaw even older.
Recently, an increased incidence of cyber attacks, especially from Russia. In summer, met an unprecedented attack on Western oil and gas companies.