Russian Cyberspies Caught With Mittens in Cyber Cookie Jar

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Russian cyberspies — unlike their Chinese counterparts — have a reputation for stealth, so it’s unusual when two digital espionage operations linked to the Kremlin come to light in a week.

FireEye early last week released a report detailing how hackers working for the Russian government have been using sophisticated techniques over a seven-year period to penetrate computer systems at governments, military branches, security organizations and even NATO.

Russian Cyberspies Caught With Mittens in Cyber

The report contrasts the Russian operation, which FireEye calls “APT28,” with similar cyber-raids by hackers affiliated with the Chinese government.

“APT28 does not appear to conduct widespread intellectual property theft for economic gain,” FireEye threat researcher Dan McWhorter noted.