A global espionage campaign involving email phishing attacks and leaked falsified documents is detailed in a report released Thursday by the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab. (Lee Jae-Won/Reuters)
CBC: Russian spies may have backed email phishing campaign in effort to spread disinformation
218 email accounts across 39 countries targeted, report by University of Toronto's Citizen Lab finds
New evidence of a global espionage campaign involving email phishing attacks and leaked falsified documents emerged on Thursday, with clues suggesting the Russian government might have been involved.
The targets spanned government, industry, military and civil society groups, each with ties to Russia or Russian interests, a report by the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab suggests.
Although there is no definitive proof of Russia's involvement in the attacks, there is "overlap" with previously reported Russian espionage activities — in particular, the work of a Russia-backed hacking group known as APT-28, or Fancy Bear.
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WNU Editor: The University of Toronto's Citizen Lab report is here .... Tainted Leaks: Disinformation and Phishing With a Russian Nexus (Citizen Lab/University of Toronto). They provide no proof .... just listing a bunch of clues and making their analysis based on this information. As to what is my take .... I would not be surprised if the Russian government is involved on some level .... but I do not think it is as big as they like to make it as. Speaking of phishing attacks .... I am targeted by these attacks almost everyday .... and some of them are very good. Just today I received emails from Apple and Paypal .... but they were/are fraudulent. Bottom line .... this is something that I have to always be alert for.
More News On Reports That Russia Is Behind A Massive Disinformation Campaign Impacting 39 Countries
Researchers say they’ve uncovered a disinformation campaign with apparent Russian link -- Washington Post
Russia's disinformation efforts hit 39 countries: researchers -- AFP
Russia-linked attack targets government officials, journalists, activists -- The Hill
Russian Hackers Are Using 'Tainted' Leaks to Sow Disinformation -- WIRED
Russia's disinformation efforts hit 39 countries: researchers -- Phys.org
E-mails phished from Russian critic were “tainted” before being leaked -- Ars Technica
New Report Details What Dirty Tricks Russian Cyber Hackers Use to Spread Lies and Mayhem -- AJ Vicens, Mother Jones