Another Hacking Scandal? Russians could be behind 'cyber caliphate'



moscow_8973456986345The US Senate is asking the Justice Department to look into the possibility that an Islamic extremist hacking group was actually the work of the Russian government.

Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) have written a letter [PDF] to Attorney General Jeff Sessions asking for an investigation into whether 'Cyber Caliphate,' a group that targeted military families with a series of attacks in 2015, was just a front for APT28, a Kremlin hacking operation.

"If substantiated, the claims about APT28 posing as the Cyber Caliphate could be the first public evidence that influence operations have specifically targeted American military families," the senators write.

"If left unchecked, such operations would threaten the personal liberty, financial security, mental health, and morale of our military families."

Source: TheRegister.

Topics: Hacking

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