8. Russian Intelligence Service Accused Of Orchestrating Campaign
The Washington Post reported Sunday that the hackers with the Russian intelligence service—known as APT29—who attacked FireEye also compromised the Treasury and Commerce departments as well as other U.S. government agencies. The breaches have been taking place for months and may amount to an operation as significant as the State Department and White House hacks during the Obama years.
The hack was considered so serious it led to a National Security Council meeting at the White House on Saturday, according to Reuters. APT29 also compromised the Democratic National Committee servers in 2015 but didn’t end up leaking the hacked DNC material. Instead, the Russian military spy agency GRU separately hacked the DNC and leaked its emails to WikiLeaks in 2016, the The Post said.
The Washington Post said that APT29 hacks for traditional espionage purposes, stealing secrets that can be useful for the Kremlin to understand the plans and motives of politicians and policymakers. Group members have stolen industrial secrets, hacked foreign ministries and, more recently, have attempted to steal coronavirus vaccine research, according to The Post.