Russia’s Secret Agency reported a massive data hack. It has been termed as the largest data breach in the history
Massive Data Hacked From Russian Secret Intelligence Agency
BBC Russia has reported this that the data was stolen from one of the primary secret service agencies of Russia called as Russian Federal Security Service (FSB).
The cyber hackers have managed to steal about 7.2 TB of data from a major FSB contractor. This has exposed various secret projects which the agency was working on. Some of the projects were to de-anonymize Tor browsing, scrape data from social media, and cut off Russia’s internet from the rest of the world. The hackers have passed the data to the mainstream media outlets for publishing.
FSB is the primary Secret Service Agency of Russia. It is a successor to the famous KGB. The agency is at par with FBI and MI5. The agency is mainly involved in the electronic surveillance in the country as well as overseas too.
The attack took place on July 13, 2019 . The hacking group named as 0v1ru$ that had reportedly breached SyTech, a major FSB contractor working on a range of live and exploratory internet projects, left a smiling Yoba Face on SyTech’s homepage alongside pictures purporting to showcase the breach.
The hackers defaced SyTech’s homepage and left a smiling Yoba Face and other pictures to indicate the breach.
FSB’s Secret Projects Which Got Leaked:
BBC Russia has given outline of the following projects which were leaked during this breach attack:
- Nautilus and Tor:The Nautilus-S project was created to de-anonymize users of the Tor browser.Tor distributes an Internet connection randomly across sites (servers) in different parts of the world, allowing its users to bypass censorship and hide their data. He also allows you to go into the darknet – “hidden network”.
“Nautilus” and social networks: An earlier version of the project “Nautilus” – without the letter “C” through a hyphen after the name – was devoted to collecting information about users of social networks.
“Reward” and torrents: As part of the Reward research work, which was conducted in 2013-2014, Saitek had to explore “the possibilities of developing a complex of penetration and covert use of peer-to-peer and hybrid networks,” the hacked documents say.
Mentor and Email: The customer of another work under the name of “Mentor” was the military unit No. 71330 (presumably – radio-electronic intelligence of the FSB of Russia). The goal is to monitor email at the customer’s choice. The project was designed for 2013-2014.