Russia Fancy Bear cyber attacks OSCE


The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) was under cyber espionage in November this year. And as per a report from Reuters, the culprit behind this attack is said to be Russia’s hacking group called “APT 28”- well recognized as Fancy Bear by US Security Agencies.

A french newspaper called Le Monde has confirmed this report as a fact and revealed that it has full proof against Russia for launching a cyber attack on OSCE and is ready to share the facts with security and human rights watchdogs around the world.

A spokesperson from OSCE confirmed the disclosures made by the french newspaper as true and said that the attack was launched by the organization as it was acting as a watchdog for the ground war between the Ukrainian military and Russian-backed separatists.

The OSCE discovered that its database was hacked by cyber criminals in November this year and as a part of rectification procedure, it replaced the entire security systems and passwords with new ones.

APT 28 was the same Russian Hackers group which launched hacks against democratic party leaders of USA early this year.

Reuters confirmed that Fancy Bear aka APT 28- a Russian Military Intelligence service was involved in influencing the US Presidential Elections held on November 8th, 2016.

Le Monde also disclosed that the same hacking group supported by Russian President Vladimir Putin was behind the hacks carried on Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Campaign and France’s TV5 network.

OSCE is an organization which is formed by 57 participating states and basically observes elections in developed nations such as Europe, United States, Russia, and Ukraine.

The organization also offers a platform in the form of a forum which addresses security-related issues such as arms control, confidence and security building measures, Anti- Terrorism strategies, human rights, national minorities, democratization, Politico- Military strategies and economic and environmental activities.

Thus, a new allegation has been pressed up against Russia by the media.

But will Russia ever react to all such allegations …?

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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