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This seven-year Russian hacking campaign may have led all the way to the White House

This seven-year Russian hacking campaign may have led all the way to the White House
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We've been telling you for years that Russian hackers have been breaking into computer systems all the way up to the Pentagon and White House. These hackers have tapped into President Obama's private calendar and, much worse, they've stolen information from thousands of federal employees.

However, proof that Russia was behind these attacks has always been sketchy. That's changing. Now, there's some of the strongest evidence ever linking the Russian government, or its operatives, to a seven-year campaign to hack governments around the world.

Researchers at F-Secure have found evidence that these cybercriminals, who've been hacking computer systems with malware called Duke, are from Russia. How does F-Secure know Russia is behind these attacks? They've got compelling evidence, although they can't say with 100% accuracy that Russia, or its hired hackers are behind them.

The proof begins with the governments that have been hacked, and one that hasn't: Russia. Other governments like the U.S. and Chechnya, and even NATO, have been hacked. What's more, the hacks always seem to occur during Moscow workday hours.

Plus, at least one error message within the code was in Russian. There is one more compelling reason to think Russia is behind many of the Duke malware hacks.

Russia has not denied that it's behind these hacks. F-Secure also suggests that if regular people, and not the government, are responsible, they'd be running for cover as evidence against them mounts. Instead, they're still going strong.

Source: The Verge
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