French Cyberagency Reveals Suspected Russian Hacking Campaign
February 15, 2021
France's cybersecurity watchdog says it has discovered a hack of
French organizations that bore similarities to other attacks by
a group linked to Russian intelligence.
In a report released on February 15, the French National Agency
for the Security of Information Systems (ANSSI) said the hackers
had taken advantage of a vulnerability in monitoring software
sold by the Paris-based company Centreon.
ANSSI said it discovered intrusions dating back to late 2017 and
stretching into 2020.
The watchdog did not identify the names or number of victims
involved but said they were mainly “information technology
providers, especially web hosting providers."
It also stopped short of identifying the hackers but said they
had a similar modus operandi as the Russian cyberespionage group
often nicknamed Sandworm and thought to have links with Russian
website says the company has more than 600 enterprise clients
across the world, including France’s Justice Ministry and
blue-chip French companies such as power group EDF, defense
group Thales, and oil and gas giant Total.
The announcement comes as U.S. cybersecurity officials are still
investigating a massive espionage campaign that hijacked IT
monitoring software made by U.S. firm SolarWinds.
U.S. intelligence services have said Russia was likely behind
the intrusions discovered in December 2020 in which government
and private company networks in the United States and other
countries were breached.
Earlier this month, Reuters reported that suspected Chinese
hackers also targeted SolarWinds customers.
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