#CyberHeadlines: Russian Cyber Pros and Trump’s Hacker Army
Russia claims to have stopped a cyber attack from a foreign spy service
Russia’s Federal Security Service made a public statement on Friday that they had halted an attack meant to be carried out on Dec. 5th against a number of major Russian banks. They did not name a culprit, or even a specific country, but somehow knew that the hack would have targeted the financial industry as well as used social media and SMS text to circulate news of the hack to Russian citizens. They claim that a Ukrainian web hosting company called BlazingFast was being used to launch the attack through Netherlands based servers, but BlazingFast says it found no evidence of an imminent attack coming through its systems. BlazingFast has assumed that the Federal Security Service has not required BlazingFast’s cooperation to mitigate the attack, but have stated their willingness to cooperate with any legal entity. Russia’s cyber engagements have been questionable as of late; both with being accused of hacking the 2016 presidential election as well as having been hacked by a Ukrainian hacker group called CyberHunta.