US Government defense data stolen by Malware

    Information is out that an advanced persistent threat group has reportedly stolen data from the US Defense servers with the help of CovalentStealer Malware. And news is out that the information steal was taking place from the past 10 months, with the initial access got Microsoft Exchange Servers from January last year.

    It is a fact that the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) provides products and services that support a smooth flow of military operations. And any infiltration to such a database will cause espionage, data spill and sometimes might lead to major apocalyptic disasters like nuclear reactors ejection and blasts- though not that easy to do such things.

    CISA technically analysis launched later on the issue discovered that data related to R&D, design, production, delivery, maintenance of military weapons and components and operations was accessed by the threat actors via CovalentStealer malware.

    Presently, the origin of the threat actors is yet to be revealed. But the US Government suspects the involvement of Chinese or Russian intelligence in this aspect. However, it can only conclude after the YARA tool that is used for research and detection of malware specifies an input.

    NOTE- Malware is a kind of malicious software that is developed to destroy or disrupt computers and their networks. Ransomware, spyware, adware, trojan viruses and worms are some examples of malware.


    Naveen Goud
    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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