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Hackers Targeted Governments and Drug Dealers

Hackers Targeted Governments and Drug Dealers

Added: Monday, July 7th, 2014
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
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A weird highly-sophisticated hacker crew was stealing information from drug dealers and government entities. The group, dubbed “MiniDuke” after the malware it uses, was initially believed to have been backed by a nation state, as it targeted a range of government agencies and research institutes across the world.

However, the researchers have recently found an anomaly in the logs of Kaspersky Lab – it turned out that the same group targeted people involved in drug deals. After the researchers tracked one of the command and control servers used by MiniDuke, they arrived to a website dispensing illegal substances, like steroids and hormones.

This discovery led Kaspersky experts to some of guesses as to the nature of the hacking group. They believe that the crew could be “cyber mercenaries” with several subdivisions, who sell their services to various groups – perhaps law enforcement or a competing criminal group which wanted to track a rival drug dealer, or government clients.

In any case, MiniDuke members have old-school hacking skills and are very technical, as they were seen tweaking encryption standards in order to make tracking them much harder. The thing that makes them stand out is that the group is more like underground cyber criminals than a typical nation state.

That being said, the main targets this year remain government bodies. Kaspersky Lab says that MiniDuke was seen using open source hacking tools in order to scan the web for useful information on potential victims in such countries as Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Greece. They were gathering emails, names, nicknames and handles. According to the time stamps on their operations, they were residing in Eastern Europe or Asia. Taking into account that Cyrillic characters were used in the code, Europe is more likely.

It is also known that the hacking group has also released a fresh kind of malware dubbed CosmicDuke, which spoofs popular apps like Chrome and Java updaters. This malware can also steal a range of information from MP3s to Word documents to passwords and logins. Its code was also found in a highly-sophisticated malware called Uroboros, which allegedly comes out of Russia.

The hackers have also created lots of Twitter profiles that link to domains used to control the malicious toolkits. This means that even if the hackers’ command and control servers were compromised by the police, they would still have access to infected computers. Overall, MiniDuke took responsibility for at least 139 victims. Most of them are in Georgia (84), Russia (61) and the United States (34).

Posted by:  SuperAdmin
Date:  Monday, July 7th, 2014

Comments (8) (please add your comment »)

posted by men (2014-07-07 19:24:03)
ZerlindaX avatar"MiniDuke members have old-school hacking skills and are very
technical" lol. Cybersecurity experts predict that Macs will be
increasingly targeted by hackers and malware in 2014, so don’t
think you’re safe just because you have an Apple-made machine.
We already watching you on your ICam, smile!

posted by (2014-07-08 04:21:37)
Pokerz avatarSounds like a goverment backed group to me, wonder which?

posted by (2014-07-08 05:00:01)
No avatarha ha don't hack my computer

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2014-07-08 19:31:31)
Embolism avatarIt must be noted Windows is still the greatest piece of Malware on the planet with Facebook the 2nd.

posted by (2014-07-08 20:40:08)
ao1jmm avatar"Sounds like a government backed group to me, wonder which?"

Why would the "goverment" hack its self?

posted by (2014-07-09 20:04:02)
cggc avatarAny OS's work under hide larger companies all times or hide developers software who hacking for future defense internet budgets,projects,etc and after any secure stable antivirus what it next? everything it secure but what it under nobody knows? it all information can't do any antivirus to surf online safety it tracking records tracking what it more hard to browsers be lightweigth to no body catch them with all kind of donottrack, hide ip, copy and paste etc.. any on internet it useable like picking recycle to get money after give where recycle has value. in short, if opinions could have one opinion.

posted by Site FriendET junkieET lovermenSunTurtle (2014-07-10 02:37:18)
Sammy1968 avatarSoooooo fictitious. All governments have one thing in common. Survive. They use computer geeks/hackers to help them. This is a known fact. So those that try to hack government computers are one of two things. Retarded or love that better paycheck.

posted by (2014-07-13 18:36:04)
No avatari think avast ispowrfell to

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