The Kremlin-controlled hacker group Fancy Bears involved in Russia’s attempts to influence the presidential elections of 2016 in the US, was also involved in hacking mailbox Ukrainian officials, Russian opposition, Pentagon contractors, and “thousands of others” included in the circle of interests of Moscow. This was referred to in the article Agency The Associated Press, whose staff refer to available to them previously unreleased “digital black list” of the goals of Russian hackers.
“In the list presents the most detailed evidence that the hackers and the Russian government are closely related to each other. Here is disclosed an operation that stretches back years, including attempted break-ins to mailboxes 4700 Gmail users around the world – from a representative of the Pope in Kiev, before the punk band Pussy Riot in Moscow”, – stated in the message.
Russian soldiers information front of the war of Russia against Ukraine tried to open 545 accounts, including e-mail of the President of Petro Poroshenko, his son, interior Minister Arsen Avakov, people’s Deputy Serhiy Leshchenko and many other politicians and officials, both former and current.
Among Russian citizens in the list of Fancy Bear – former oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky, opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his associates, more than 100 community activists, including a member of the group Pussy Riot Mary Alekhine.
In the US, Russian hackers tried to crack at least 573 mailbox – at that time Secretary of state John Kerry, former Secretary of state Colin Powell, General, U.S. air force Philip Breedlove and one of his predecessors, General Wesley Clark.
“Black hat hackers” under the supervision of the Russian special services acted against the staff of the largest Pentagon contractors Boeing, Raytheon and Lockheed Martin.
According to AP, the list covers the period from March 2015 to may 2016, with most of the targets of the hackers were in Ukraine, USA, Russia, Georgia and Syria.
According to the Director of the Center for the study of conflict at the University of Cambridge of Cyrus Giles, one of five experts who were involved to analyze the AR list of hacker targets, this array data is “a powerful list of persons for which Russia would like to monitor, discredit or silence”.
Many of the “purposes” have nothing in common, except that they may somehow interfere with politics or the Affairs of the Kremlin, says the Agency. So, Fancy Bear “broke” mail eco-activist in Murmansk, a small political magazine in Armenia, representative of the Vatican in Kiev, educational organizations in Kazakhstan and so on.
“Hack this purpose is a colossal waste of time. If you are not Russian, of course”, – says military expert on Russia from the Washington-based Woodrow Wilson International Center Michael Kofman.
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Fancy Bear (“Funny bear”, as APT28, Sofacy Pawn storm Sednit and Strontium) is associated with the Russian special services group of cyber-espionage, has been operating since 2004.