Russia could have hacked the UK Spy agency says MoD

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UK’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) has released a press statement that few of its servers might have been compromised by hackers believed to be working for the Russian government. The suspicion finger pointed out towards Kremlin as the cyber crooks stolen classical data related to 100 British Army recruits who were working in other nations as spies.

News is out that the activity was conducted in January this year when a Russian agent infiltrated a database belonging to MoD and stole critical information.

Details of the hack were detected in the first week of April 2022 while the IT staff was going through a routine security check.

As of now, hacked details of only 124 spies were found to be stolen from an outsourcing firm named Capita and the numbers might increase as the investigation unfolds the mystery on a further note.

The data steal was discovered when a hacking group was trying to sell information related to 9 spies on the dark web while promoting the activity on Twitter.

Information Commissioner’s Office has taken a note of the situation and is assured to react after a detailed investigation report is submitted to it.

Tory MP Mark Francois tagged the data breach as extremely concerning for the government and entire nation, as data leaks could put the lives of the on-duty spies working for the nation and their families in extreme danger.

Cybersecurity Insiders have learnt that hackers got their hands on the details such as addresses, DoBs, qualifications, employment history, full names and family details.

Note- Capita is handed over £3 billion worth of business every year by governments and private entities and from the past three years received £900m as contract amount with the MoD to run Army Recruitment.

 

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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