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U.S. government warns that sensitive data is being stolen from defence contractors

The State of Security

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and National Security Agency (NSA) have joined forces to publish a joint warning that Russian hackers have targeted defence contractors to steal sensitive data.

According to an advisory issued by the US authorities, Russian state-sponsored hackers have been regularly observed targeting US cleared defence contractors (CDCs) since at least January 2020, acquiring “sensitive, unclassified information, as well as CDC-proprietary and export-controlled technology”.

The stolen information includes internal documents and email communications, and – according to the advisory – “provides significant insight into US weapons platforms development and deployment timelines, vehicle specifications, and plans for communications infrastructure and information technology”.


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