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Russian traces in the cyber attack in France

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The French cybersecurity agency says it has detected attacks on French companies that are similar to those carried out by hackers linked to Russian intelligence. This information is spread by “Radio Liberty”.

A report released by the National Information Protection Agency on February 15 states that hackers exploited vulnerabilities in software sold by Paris-based company Centroen. The agency says similar attacks have been going on since 2017.

The surveillance agency did not specify the number or identities of the victims of the hacker attack. The report indicates that most of them are IT providers, or web hosting providers.

The agency also does not fully identify the hackers. However, the agency says they have the same methods as the Russian cyber-spy group. They are often referred to as “Sandworms” and are thought to have links to Russian intelligence.

The U.S. is still investigating a cyber attack on government systems. Information about the attack was released in December last year. In this case, too, there are suspicions of hackers working for the Russian government.

They first broke into the government database of one of the local Internet providers, Cox Communications, and the government of Pima County, Arizona. They then targeted US federal government departments: the Department of Commerce, the Treasury, the Department of Defense, and others.

The hackers hacked the programs of a private contractor affiliated with government organizations, SolarWinds Corp. From there, through software updates, they penetrated all the computers where they even downloaded the software update from this company. Such things often happen automatically.

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