FSB contractor breach exposes secret cyber weapons program leveraging IoT vulnerabilities

Digital Revolution, a Russian hacking group, has claimed credit for the April 2019 breach of subcontractor ODT (Oday) LLC, which was working with frequent Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs contractor InformInvestGroup CJSC, and published 12 technical documents revealing what the FSB has dubbed the Fronton Program. Inspired by the Mirai botnet, the program developed in 2017 and 2018, according to a ZDNet report, suggests creating an IoT botnet for the FSB marshalling devices – particularly internet security cameras and digital recorders – that still use default logon credentials or easy-to-crack user names and passwords. Once pulled into the botnet, the devices could be used to execute DDoS attacks. “If they transmit video, they have a sufficiently large communication channel to effectively perform DDoS,” the report cited an expose by BBC Russia as saying.

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D3 Security is a proud participant in the Microsoft Security Copilot Partner Private Preview

D3 Security | January 08, 2024

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CrowdStrike | December 18, 2023

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Flashpoint and Scale AI Forge Strategic Partnership to Empower Government Clients With AI-Enhanced Threat Intelligence

Flashpoint | December 11, 2023

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Keeper Streamlines Compliance Processes With Granular Sharing Enforcements

Keeper Security, Inc. | January 11, 2024

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