Russian hackers blamed in attacks on the websites of the Syrian opposition


Russian hackers carried out the attack on the Syrian sites of opposition groups and human rights organizations. In particular, the attacks exposed the Syrian center of monitoring of observance of human rights. About it Financial Times told two high-ranking intelligence officer, and confirmed Richard Kerner, head of middle East and European branches of the organization FireEye, specializing in cyber security.

According to Turner, their organization monitored the attack by Russian hackers on the websites of the Syrian opposition and human rights defenders in December, and early in the year, their intensity has increased. According to him, in Adah involved a group of hackers, called APT 28. Previously it was repeatedly accused of attacks on U.S. and European government sites.

“APT 28 and other Russian [hacker] groups are now really focused on collecting data about Syrian groups, in particular those who specialize in the [protection] of human rights and monitoring Russian military activity [in Syria],” said Turner. He described the attacks of the Russian hackers, as a “very significant” and their main goal was called “information war” and “influence on the course of the conflict”. According FireEye, during the hacker attacks are malicious copies of pages of the websites of organizations that infect the computers of users accessing it. They also include a newsletter on behalf of the organizations cleverly disguised emails with malicious attachments in the form of press releases or official notices.

According to anonymous sources in the intelligence FT, hackers are Russian special services. According to their information, in addition to Syrian attacks are also subject to governmental and private organizations in Turkey. The reason for these attacks was the deterioration of relations between Moscow and Ankara, emphasized by the interlocutors edition.

The exact number of attacked organizations is unknown. Malware used by Russian hackers, can be used to delete data, the spreading of disinformation from official sources or to gather intelligence.