A Group of Hackers from Russia Targeted Email Accounts across the Globe


The hackers who troubled the elections for US Presidential had targeted beyond the campaigns of Hilary Clinton, attacking the emails of officers of Ukrainian, figurines opposing the Russian, US defense contractors, and more others of interest to the Kremlin, as per the recent unpublished list availed from the Associated Press (AP).


The list introduces detailed forensic evidence yet of the close association between the Russian government and hackers, disclosing an operation that extended for years and attempted to break into the inboxes of more than 4,700 Gmail users across the world ranging from the Moscow's punk band pussy riot to the representative of Pope in Kiev.


The findings of AP defined on a database of 19,000 malicious links gathered by Secure Works, a cybersecurity firm, interviews, and countless rogue emails with more than 100 hacking targets. There is a direct line between the leaks and hackers have been disclosed by the list that hit the presidential contest in the ultimate stages, most of them the private emails of John Podesta, the chairman of Clinton campaign, as posted on 3rd November 2017 on why.org.


The group functioned to compromise the emails of 130 employees of Democratic Party, supporters of party and campaign staff members. Also, the targets include Maria Alekhnia, a member of the anti-Putin, Alexei Navalmy an activist of Russian anti-corruption, and members of the military of Ukraine, and more others.

According to the information offered by Secure Works, the cybersecurity firm whose data strengthens the AP report, there is a clear line between the targeted email accounts and the targets of Russia in the real world. For example, a spokesperson for the Ukraine's Prime Minister was targeted nine times where the forces from Russia are presently involved in a military conflict, confirms Secure Works.


As stated by Pillin, "if one target needs to be compromised, it is absolutely feasible to go unidentified for a longer period of time." With such wide assortment of those targeted, the regular hacking efforts of Russia, it is recommended from Secure Works that those who suspect they could be a target and exploit Gmail or other web email services to change passwords regularly. Also, he suggests readers check the applications and devices they have authorized to access their account and information founded under the heading settings.

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