Threat Intelligence, Threat Management

Cozy Bear suspected of hacking Russia-focused think tanks in D.C.


The same Russian-backed cybergang which launched cyber attacks against the Pentagon, State Department and DNC is also believed to have targeted Russia-focused think tanks based in Washington D.C.

Last week, attackers from Cozy Bear, or APT29, attacked fewer than five organizations and 10 staffers, all of which were researching Russia, in the highly targeted operation, Crowdstrike Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Dmitri Alperovitch told Defense One.

Alperovitch  declined to disclose which think tanks and researchers were hit, but did say that all of the organizations were promptly alerted to the attacks and the intruders were unable to exfiltrate any information.

The attackers may have been trying to steal information from officials who serve on the boards of the think tanks as many of them are former government officials who still advise current government officials, he said.

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