Russian hackers, but rather a group of Russian-speaking hackers, have used commercial satellites to gain access to personal data of diplomatic and military departments of the United States and Europe, writes journalist Ellen Nakashima for Washington Post, Joinfo.ua reports.
This group, called Turla (named after the malware used by it), has attacked even government organizations, embassies and companies in Russia, China and dozens of other countries, said the expert of Kaspersky Lab, Stefan Tanase.
The hacker group Turla has used this technique for at least eight years to show “a degree of sophistication and creativity.”
“For us, it was very surprising. This is the first group that we believe has done it, ” said Stefan Tanase.
However, Kaspersky Lab has not linked Turla to the Russian government, other security firms have done so.
Dmitri Alperovitch, co-founder and chief technology officer of the Crowdstrike company, said the malware was created by a” sophisticated Russian-government-affiliated” hacker group. Alperovich’s company described this group as “Venomous Bear.” However, he believes that Turla is not the Russian group that is believed to have hacked the State Department, White House and Pentagon over the past year.