A Russian state-affiliated cybersecurity firm has confirmed a broad surveillance operation against Western governments and corporations by Russia’s state-funded cybersecurity agency known as the GRU.
NopeHive Security, which is based in France, has confirmed in a blog post that it has analyzed vulnerabilities found in two programs known as Shabnam 1 and and 2, which were used in the GRU’s “CyberBerkut” operation in the summer of 2016.
The program Shabnam targeted was first exposed in a joint project by the cybersecurity firm Flashpoint and The Guardian.
NopeHive Intelligence, which is based in France, said it had “experimented” on the capabilities of the two programs, one of which, Shabnam 1, was used by the GRU and the other, Shabnam 2, was used by federal law enforcement agencies.
The company uncovered not just a malware campaign that the GRU was using to break into corporate and government networks but also a Russian system that allowed for eavesdropping on communications in case of a crisis.
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NopeHive Security’s confirmation comes less than two weeks after The Washington Post reported that U.S. intelligence agencies were now convinced that Russia had hacked and leaked internal emails of the Democratic National Committee in an effort to influence the 2016 presidential election in favor of Donald Trump.