Does not someone like the idea of disconnecting Russia from the Internet so much, or maybe the contrary and wanted to know the country’s plans in this area? Either way, the local secret services have cause for concern.
This was not a good weekend for the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation, or counterintelligence special service of this country, because we have just learned that it was a victim of hackers who managed to steal 7.5 TB of data. And not just any, because they unveil secret FSB projects in the area of de-anonymization of Tor browser users, extracting confidential data from social media or disconnecting Russia from the global network. What’s more, these data were transmitted to the mainstream media, so it was obviously about disclosure and publication.
Behind the whole action is a group called 0v1ru $, which on July 13 broke the security SyTech, a technology company closely cooperating with the FSB in the field of Internet projects, leaving on its main page Yoba Face and photos documenting a successful break-in. Then, the stolen data was transferred to a larger hacking group, Digital Revolution, which dealt with their release in the media and on Twitter, while scoffing at the security of the service and its partners.
It is worth noting that this is not the first time when Digital Revolution has attacked the FSB, but this time we are dealing with the largest data leak in the history of Russian intelligence services, which can cause a lot of confusion. It’s enough to add that on the SyTech website there appeared, among others names of secret FSB projects, such as Arion, Relation or Hryvnia, together with the names of those responsible for them, i.e. the agents were unmasked and state secrets revealed.
And although we are talking about serious projects involving the secret acquisition of data from social media (Nautilus), unmasking users trying to anonymize their network activities (Nautilus-S), collecting data on Russian companies (Mentor) or Russia’s independence from the global Internet, it really … there is nothing new here. We have heard about most of these matters for many years, for example attempts to destroy the Tor network, which have lasted at least since 2012, and in fact only the scale of the data leakage is surprising.
In short, contractors as always appear to be the weakest link in intelligence agencies and this is happening all over the world – it is enough to mention that last week a former US National Security Agency (NSA) colleague was convicted for stealing the secrets of the agency for 20 years. As for the data from the leak itself, 0v1ru $ ensures that it has been made available in its original form, but as the group is still not known, you can not be 100% sure. What about the FSB itself? As you can guess, it did not comment on the matter at all.