FILE – In this Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014 file photo, a pro-Russian missile launcher drives in the town of Krasnodon. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits, File)
For those who seek a stronger evidence of Russia’s connection to the hack of the Democratic National Committee, the story of an infected Ukrainian Android mobile app can help, according to a cybersecurity company.
A report released Thursday by CrowdStrike describes how a mobile phone application developed by a Ukrainian artillery officer’s conduct falls more quickly, the way that the Russian government gained intelligence, such as the place of residence of the Ukrainian armed forces.
The app, developed in 2013 and in the first instance, spread over social media, was eventually hijacked by the Lovely Bear hacking group believed to be affiliated with the Russian military intelligence or the GRU. In 2014, Beautiful Bear is a malicious variant of the Android application for download and posted on a Ukrainian military forum. Officers with the help of the infected application on the battlefield, on condition that the Russian hackers with their general location if potentially valuable intelligence, such as access to their contacts, sms messages, call logs and internet data, the report states.
The malicious software-known as X-Agent, which was used to help the clash with Ukrainian troops to Russia to take advantage of the same malicious software that was used for the hacking of the DNC, said Dmitri Alperovitch, co-founder and chief technology officer of CrowdStrike. His company was hired to investigate what the DNC hack, and in the summer in the public attributed to Great Bear.
Alperovitch, said the Ukrainian example shows an even stronger connection between Meaning Carry the operators and the Russian army.
“For them to use this on the battlefield, they have a close and integrated connection,” Alperovitch said. “It is exactly the mission of the GRU…We think this is very convincing evidence that links the two (Lovely Bear and the GRU).”
Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly rejected the Obama administration’s accusation that the highest levels of the Russian government were involved in trying to influence the U.S. presidential election. AMERICAN intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia’s goal was to help President-elect, Donald Trump win. Trump has called the intelligence assessment is ridiculous.
President Barack Obama has ordered intelligence officials to perform a comprehensive review of the election season with cyber attacks.