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Russian federal security service contractor SyTech encounters hack


A cyber-attack against SyTech a company working on contract for Federal Security Service the national intelligence agency of Russia enabled the hackers steal information regarding certain projects it has been completing for the agency, with a particular one that would deanonymize Tor traffic. The theft was of data sized 7.5TB stored on the contractor's PC-network besides the hackers defacing SyTech's website as they posted one "yoba face," a popular emoji among Russian users which indicates "trolling."


The chief security agency in Russia FSB is the counterpart of M15 and FBI, however, its work runs even further of domestic intelligence by conducting electronic surveillance in foreign countries along with considerable supervision of intelligence gathering. The agency is an immediate successor of the KGB, and it gives information straight to the President of Russia.


The news broadcasted first on BBC Russia reported that the hackers' group attacking SyTech's servers was 0v1ru$ which shared facts about controversial cyber projects, other projects like abrading LinkedIn and Facebook, specific data collection as well as Tor browser users' de-anonymization. The BBC stated that the hack was probably the biggest leakage of data ever-known off intelligence services of Russia. www.forbes.com posted this, July 20, 2019.


The projects which 0v1ru$ leaked were named "Hryvnia," Relation," and "Arion" as it further exposed project managers' names at SyTech. Nevertheless, Forbes reports that people having knowledge about Russian cyber operations already knew else anticipated the majority of projects, with the exposure fundamentally significant in its sheer size as well as that it aimed at some FSB contractor.


According to news from BBC, SyTech generally worked on behalf of Military Unit 71330, which belongs to the 16th Directorate of FSB that deals with signals intelligence. The SyTech breach is not the first targeting any contractor of FSB. Quantum, which apparently had a larger treasure trove, encountered its own hack last year. It is like one probable embarrassment for Federal Security Service. The agency is largely capable of hiding its tracks while staying secretive though; however failed towards making sure its chief alliances were in the same manner secure.


SyTech is reported to have shutdown its website for now.

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