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NSA + FBI Warn Defense Contractors of Russian Hackers

When the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) get together to issue a joint warning, you may wish to listen up.

The NSA and FBI recently alerted the defense industry through a Cybersecurity Advisory of the risk of malware attacks targeted at the defense and aerospace sectors by Russia’s General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate’s 85th Main Special Service Center, also known as Fancy Bear,  APT28 or GRU. The attacks are specific to Linux systems.

According to the Advisory, “[T]he malware represents a threat because Linux systems are used pervasively throughout National Security Systems, department of Defense and the Defense Industrial Base” so “stakeholders should take action as appropriate.”

Following the Advisory, security experts are suggesting that if an organization uses Linux systems, assessment of security tools to detect and prevent malware is a top priority.

Copyright © 2020 Robinson & Cole LLP. All rights reserved.National Law Review, Volume X, Number 233
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Linn F. Freedman, Robinson Cole Law Firm, Cybersecurity and Litigation Law Attorney, Providence
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Linn Freedman practices in data privacy and security law, cybersecurity, and complex litigation. She provides guidance on data privacy and cybersecurity compliance to a full range of public and private clients across all industries, such as construction, education, health care, insurance, manufacturing, real estate, utilities and critical infrastructure, marine, and charitable organizations. Linn is a member of the firm's Business Litigation Group and chairs its Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Team. She is also a member of the Financial Services Cyber-Compliance Team (CyFi ...

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