Russian Agencies Continues Recruiting Hacking Groups For Intel

By David Marquez, Reporter

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The Russian hacking group known as APT28 recently set up phony websites, some relating to public policy, and U.S. government. These websites once joined, allowed the hacking group to get into the victim’s computer.

The weblite once joined could download a malware that would download, without the users attention and sit idly until the group gets into the victim’s computer. Microsoft has made note of the hackers and disabled the six websites, that enabled the group to get into people’s computers.

The hacker group was linked to the Russian Intelligence Agency. The group interfered with the 2016 presidential election, and worked closely with the Russian Agency.

Facebook recently said that the company had recently shut down 32 fake pages and accounts that linked up with the Agency. These accounts and pages collected information for the the Agency to use against a certain politician or another person of interest, that happened to talk or wander onto the page or talk to the account.

Microsoft’s legal tactic in disabling websites has been used since 2010, since than Microsoft has taken down 84 sites created by the Russian Hacker group APT28. (Also called Fancy Bear) Microsoft legally has possession of the fake websites and will be conducting studies on how they work and how they can get around it happening again.

Russian hackers and hacker groups have made news and headlines many a times, with their exposing of data about important serious topics. Elections and candidates have been severely affected by these groups.

Keeping yourself same from hacks and data exposing is a necessary thing. Having your data leaked can result in lots of private and important things being leaked and used without you knowing.

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