Analecta Cyber Company Blog: Russian hackers break into Pentagon's network

2015-10-06

Russian hackers break into Pentagon's network

The U.S. government remained one of the main targets of international cyber attacks. Early this year, a network at the Pentagon was hacked by what officials believed to be Russian hackers. Pentagon officials discovered the hack when sensors guarding the Department of Defense’s unclassified networks was triggered by a hack appearing to originate in Russia.


Series of Russian hacks

Last year, a Russian national known as “lucky12345” and “slavik" was charged with conspiracy, computer hacking, bank fraud and money laundering. The U.S. Defense Secretary warned Russia that the Defense Department will not hesitate to use its cyber weapon capabilities as a counter measure if necessary.

The Russian hackers reportedly accessed an unclassified network and were identified within 24 hours. A team of incident responders was responsible in upsetting the hacker’s cyber intrusion. They analyzed the hacker’s network activity, immediately linked it with Russia and then rapidly booted them off the network.

Hackers go for White House

On April 7, CNN reported on another government hack, this time striking the White House and U.S. State Department, that was also associated with Russian hackers. Officials assumed the attack was carried out via an earlier breach of the State Department. According to U.S. officials, the attack initially took over a State Department email account that then sent a phishing email to begin intrusion into the White House. The attack claimed to have successfully reached sensitive parts of the White House’s computer system, compromising sensitive information on the president's schedule.