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BlackEnergy cyberespionage group targets Linux systems and Cisco routers

Lucian Constantin | Nov. 5, 2014
A cyberespionage group that has built its operations around a malware program called BlackEnergy has been compromising routers and Linux systems based on ARM and MIPS architectures in addition to Windows computers.

On Oct. 14 researchers from security firm iSight Partners released a report about one of the group's recent attack campaigns that targeted the Ukrainian government and a U.S.-based organization by leveraging a zero-day -- unpatched -- vulnerability in Microsoft Windows.

The iSight researchers dubbed the cyberespionage group the Sandworm team and believe that it's operating out of Russia. However, the Kaspersky researchers said that it's unclear whose interests the group serves, noting that a DDoS attack launched by the group targeted an IP address that belongs to the Russian Ministry of Defense.

 

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