CCP China is Hacking Putin’s Russia – And the Kremlin Isn’t Pleased

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Despite the apparently growing Russian-Chinese strategic and military ties, Russia seems to finally be fed up with being cyber hacked by China, and it is uncharacteristically going public about Beijing’s nefarious actions. Samuel Bendett a Research Analyst at the Center for Naval Analysis (CNA) tweeted that:

According to Threat Intelligence Group-IB, a Russian cybersecurity company, Chinese state-backed hackers were attacking Russian government websites over the course of last year. This violates a 2015 bilateral agreement to avoid such attacks.

One expert at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) noted:

So it begins: Russian security firm Positive Technologies, also a gov’t contractor in Russia, reports on alleged Chinese APT “Judgment Panda,” including attribution, citing CrowdStrike, Microsoft, and Secureworks.

Interesting how China is giving Russia a taste of its own medicine. But why go public?

In June, Cyberscoop.com reported that:

Chinese hackers were likely behind a series of intrusions at Russian government agencies last year, security firm SentinelOne said Tuesday.

Malicious code used in the breaches is similar to hacking tools associated with a broad set of suspected Chinese spies that have also targeted Asian governments in recent years, SentinelOne researchers said.

SentinelOne’s research builds on a report released last month by the Federal Security Service (FSB), one of Russia’s main spy agencies, and the cyber unit of telecom firm Rostelecom. It said Russian government agencies had been targeted by “cyber mercenaries pursuing the interests of the foreign state.”

The attackers collected stolen data using top Russian technology providers Yandex and Mail.Ru, according to the report, which did not name a culprit in the breaches.

Key Takeaway, notes Cyberscoop:

SentinelOne’s findings point to a reality that is often overlooked in U.S.-centric cybersecurity discussions: that the Russian and Chinese governments conduct plenty of cyber-espionage against each other. 

Last year, for example, U.S. officials publicly exposed a suspected Chinese hacking campaign that targeted entities in Russia and other former Soviet republics.

“The idea of Chinese targeting of Russian government [and vice versa] should not shock us,” SentinelOne researcher Juan Andrès Guerro-Saade said.

What is surprising though is that the FSB, Russia’s successor to the KGB, would go public about it.

But Andrei Soldatov, a Russian journalist and expert on the FSB said its public report appeared to be an effort to portray Russian organizations as facing the same cyber threats as other countries and organizations. Cyberscoop reported:

“It’s like, ‘We all face the same enemy, let’s fight it together,’” Soldatov said. “And for that, come to us, the FSB, and make us respectful.” ADN

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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P W
P W
1 month ago

and the Russians are surprised? That is what the Chinese government does, which is what the Russians do too.

Margaret
Margaret
18 hours ago
Reply to  P W

And so does the FBI and CIA – no nation is innocent.

Murphmeister
Murphmeister
1 month ago

Hey, Vladimir, you know China has polluted so much of it’s fresh water, it has an eye on Lake Baikal, the largest fresh water lake in the world, by volume. Say, Vlad, isn’t that within Russia’s bailiwick. Also , watch out for your mining interests and other natural resources. China wants those, too.

Grace
Grace
1 month ago

No, I think they will shoot craps for the states, one state at a time. Lets be real. After Biden gets through with the Republic we will be nothing but shambles. Who will want the whole messed up country to revive and feed. While we dilly dally and wait for 2022 and 2024 the pretender in our White house is kicking us into a dark future.

Margaret
Margaret
18 hours ago
Reply to  Grace

China is our threat with the U.N. on our doorstep or closer in N.Y. they are truly the threat as they produce more and poison more and buy up more of our land. Russia can not spread itself that thin to bother taking another nation so far away. The pipeline was their last resort to become protected by the EU nations or loose their supply. Russia outsmarted all of them ! Putin is a strategist the EU doesn’t know how to handle. He may take Europe if they aren’t smarter.

Charles Nolan
1 month ago

Xi and the monsters that rule China think they can rule the world by terrorism, as shown by the use of tanks at Tiananmen Square. Every so often they threaten nuclear strikes on Los Angeles and the US mainland, while they are building new fields of nuclear missiles to catch up with the US and Russia.
It seems that Xi is planning to win a limited nuclear war, just as Imperial Japan expected the attack on Pearl Harbor to drive the US into isolationism.
I hope that our military will fire on threat, destroying the Chinese nuclear missiles before they can be launched. A brief nuclear winter, may be useful in slowing climate change, as well as the destruction of Chinese coal fired power plants.
The Chinese people may be able to establish free provinces, once the current communist infestation is exterminated.

Orangered
Orangered
1 month ago

Hmmmm and Biden was blaming Russia for the cyberattacks here of course you would never expect China of doing anything like that to their dear old buddy Biden. Biden is so blind and stupid

paul
paul
1 month ago
Reply to  Orangered

Biden told us it was Putin . When it was and is China . IF and that’s a huge IF , Biden had any Sense , he would try to gain common ground with Putin .

Guest
Guest
3 days ago
Reply to  Orangered

What does that say about the citizens of the nation who are following his “leadership” and allowing him to remain in office

Joe
Joe
1 month ago

WAR!

paul
paul
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe

China would defeat the US without help from Putin . Biden has chose to bicker with Putin.What a stupid move .

paw paw
paw paw
1 month ago

Let the good times roll!

sam hill
sam hill
1 month ago

Good. Maybe these two countries will fight it out and allow America to rest after 30 years of various wars and countless billions of dollarswasted.


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