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Cyber sleuths lay out details of Russian hacking

A diagram that accompanies a report from the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI lays out the methods attributed to groups known as APT29 and APT28, a.k.a. Cozy Bear and Fancy Bear. (DHS / NCCIC / FBI Graphic)
A diagram that accompanies a report from the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI lays out the methods attributed to APT29 and APT28, a.k.a. Cozy Bear and Fancy Bear. (DHS / NCCIC / FBI Graphic)

Two groups of Russian hackers used a blend of spearphishing, booby-trapped websites and remote-access malware to worm their way into the Democratic National Committee’s computers and hurt the party’s prospects in last month’s presidential election, experts from the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security say in a 13-page report.

The report, released today, also says yet another cyber attack that’s linked to actors “likely associated” with Russian intelligence agencies was launched just days after the election.

“This activity by Russian intelligence services is part of a decade-long campaign of cyber-enabled operations directed at the U.S. government and its citizens,” the agencies said in a news release.

The report comes as a follow-up to claims of Russian involvement made in October, and as evidence in support of today’s decision by the Obama administration to slap sanctions on Russia.

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By Alan Boyle

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