Suspected APT29 hackers behind attacks on US gov agencies, think tanks, and businesses

Pierluigi Paganini November 18, 2018

Last week, security experts reported alleged APT29 hackers impersonating a State Department official in attacks aimed at U.S. government agencies, businesses and think tanks.

Cyber security experts are warning of new attacks against U.S. government agencies, think tanks, and businesses.

Threat actors carried out spear phishing attacks impersonating a State Department official to attempt compromising targets, the attacks are similar to the ones associated with Russia-linked group APT29  (aka The DukesCozy Bear and Cozy Duke).

APT29 along with APT28 cyber espionage group was involved in the Democratic National Committee hack and the wave of attacks aimed at the 2016 US Presidential Elections.

The spear phishing messages were spotted this week, they purported to come from a department public affairs official.

Security researchers from CrowdStrike and FireEye are investigating the attacks in the attempt to attribute them to a specific threat actor.

“The Department is aware of the recent malicious cyber event involving the spoofing (impersonation) of a Department employee reported by U.S. cybersecurity firm FireEye. No Department networks were compromised by this malicious cyber attempt.” reads the statement released by the State Department.

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Pierluigi Paganini

(Security Affairs – APT29, cyberespionage)

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