FSB contractor breach exposes secret cyber weapons program leveraging IoT vulnerabilities

The hack of an FSB contractor has exposed details of the Russian
intelligence agency’s cyber weapons program aimed at exploiting vulnerabilities
in IoT devices.

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.

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