Global cyber-espionage campaign linked to Russian spying tools

Group behind attack on US software firm used malware tied to hackers with FSB security service links

The group behind a global cyber-espionage campaign discovered last month deployed malicious computer code with links to spying tools previously used by suspected Russian hackers, researchers have said.

Investigators at the Moscow-based cybersecurity firm Kaspersky said the “backdoor” used to compromise up to 18,000 customers of the US software maker SolarWinds closely resembled malware tied to a hacking group known as Turla, which Estonian authorities have said operates on behalf of Russia’s FSB security service.

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