12:35 24 Feb 2021

NSDC: Russian hackers attacked document management system of government agencies

The National Security and Defense Council says it has recorded attempts to distribute malicious documents through the electronic communications system of the executive branch; cyberattacks are linked to Russian hackers.

The press service of the National Security and Defense Council reports.

"The purpose of the attack was the mass contamination of information resources of state bodies because it is with the use of this system that document circulation is carried out in most public authorities…

Ways and means of carrying out this cyber attack allow to connect it with one of the hacker spy groups from the Russian Federation."

The malicious documents contained a macro that secretly downloaded a program for remote control of the computer when opening the files.


The National Security and Defense Council reports that according to the scenario, the attack belongs to the so-called supply chain attack – an attack on the supply chain, during which attackers try to gain access to the target organization not directly, but because of vulnerabilities in tools and services it uses.

The most famous such attacks were NotPetya in 2017, and Solorigate, a cyber espionage operation in Russia 2020-2021, which is currently being investigated in the United States.


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