Justice US sues Russians for digital attack doping

Oct

4

2018

and poison gas research
Justice in the US is suing seven Russians for the digital intrusion of systems of American citizens and companies, commissioned by the Russian government. The US suspects the seven of them are behind the attacks on doping and poison gas research.

The American authorities suspect the Russians of, among other things, attempts to digitally attack the American Anti-Doping Agency, the World Anti-Doping Agency, the International Association of Athletics Federations and FIFA. The persons would be employees of GRU, the Russian military intelligence service.

The attacks on the anti-doping organizations would have been made to Russian athletes in connection with the doping allegations. The stolen information was published by the Russian intelligence service to influence public opinion and as retaliation.

The indictment also refers to intrusion attempts at the Westinghouse Electric Corporation nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania and to attacks on the Wi-Fi network of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapon or OPCW in The Hague. Earlier on Thursday, the MIVD announced that it had thwarted this attempt after which the Russians were expelled from the Netherlands.

It would involve multiple attacks in the period from 2014 to 2018. The intelligence officers would have analyzed organizations and networks, primarily to switch to spear phishing, where the attackers would focus on employees, for example to gain access through malware and fake sites. For the latter, for example, they would have registered the domain names westinqhousenuclear.com, wada.awa.org and wada.arna.org, which are very similar to the legitimate domains.

They would have used average infrastructure and paid mainly with cryptocurrency. As examples of malware that would have been used, justice names names like Gamefish, X-agent or Chopstick, X-tunnel, Remcomsvc ​​and Responder .exe.

If remote attacks failed, it was decided to operate on location. This happened during the attack in The Hague, where equipment was found in the car of the suspects to hit Wi-Fi networks.

Used equipment attack on OPCW

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