A state-sponsored Russian piracy group infiltrated the computer systems of a Republican National Committee (RNC) contract over the weekend. Bloomberg revealed at the outset that the RNC has suffered a violation by prolific APT29 hackers, otherwise Cozy Bear, who is believed to be behind a series of high-profile cyberattacks on the United States and its allies.
However, GOP officials were quick to refute that report, arguing that the real victim was a third-party IT service provider called Synnex. The hack was orchestrated as part of a larger supply chain cyberattack and growing hostility between the United States and Russia over cyber-espionage campaigns.
In a statement, chief of staff Richard Walters said the RNC learned of the attack over the weekend and “immediately blocked all access from Synnex accounts to our cloud environment.” After conducting a review of their systems with Microsoft, Walters stated that no RNC data has been accessed. Spokesman Mike Reed also said Bloomberg that “there is no indication that the RNC has been hacked or that any RNC information has been stolen.” Walters added that officials are currently working with law enforcement on the matter.
With a focus on their services, the GOP Synnex contract as well addressed the incident. The company confirmed it was aware of “a few cases where external players have tried to gain access” to its customers “through the Microsoft cloud environment.”
Cyberattacks are on the rise as criminal and government-backed hackers take advantage of the disruption of work patterns caused by the pandemic to extort and cause havoc. Just days ago, more than 200 managed service providers were compromised after hackers breached the giant management software’s systems. Kaseya. Prior to that, the main American Colonial fuel supplier was forced to close one of its main pipelines after suffering a landslide. ransomware attack.
To protect government networks, President Biden signed an executive order in May aimed at strengthening cybersecurity through better sharing of information between agencies, increased scrutiny of third-party software and a program. of education for the public. In addition, Biden called for the creation of a formal set of rules to respond to a violation that would be reviewed by the head of CISA. Biden’s revenge against Russiameanwhile, it has included sanctions on dozens of entities and officials.
The group backed by the Russian government believes that perpetrating the Synnex violation is one of the most notorious in the world. APT 29 has been accused of violating the National Democratic Committee in 2016 and for carrying out large-scale SolarWinds cyberattack last December, which affected nine U.S. government agencies. He was also cursed to try with fury stole the COVID-19 vaccines researched last July.
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