Three U.S. nuclear research labs were targeted by Russian hackers – Technology Org

The war goes on beyond Ukrainian borders – three US nuclear labs resisted Russian cyberattacks.

According to cybersecurity experts, these hack attempts were performed last summer, between August and September. Three affected institutions were Brookhaven (BNL), Argonne (ANL) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories (LLNL).

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Cybersecurity – artistic interpretation. Image credit: TheDigitalArtist via Pixabay, free license

According to the analysis performed by Reuters, the existing internet log records show hackers employed rather simple and well-known methods in an attempt to trick lab employees into revealing their login data. To this end, the Russian hacking team known under the name Cold River created fake login pages that were planted in fake emails that were sent to multiple employees.

For now, it is not clear why these particular labs were aimed at. It is also not known precisely if these attacks achieved their aims and to what degree. BNL, LLNL, and ANL representatives did not provide any comments on this matter.

Cold River is known as one of those hacker groups involved in organizing and implementing their campaigns against Ukraine’s allies. This particular attack was conducted during the same period when UN experts were performing an inspection of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in Ukraine, in the territory occupied by the invading Russian forces.


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