France says Russian state hackers breached numerous critical networks

Since the second part of 2021, the Russian hacking group APT28 (also known as “Strontium” or “Fancy Bear”) has been focusing on French government agencies, corporations, academic institutions, research centers, and think tanks.

The attack group was recently connected to the exploitation of two vulnerabilities: CVE-2023-23397, a zero-day privilege elevation weakness in Microsoft Outlook, and CVE-2023-38831, a remote code execution vulnerability in WinRAR. The threat group is thought to be a part of Russia’s military intelligence service GRU.

Russian hackers are no longer using backdoors to avoid detection; instead, they are infiltrating peripheral devices on vital networks belonging to French organizations read more France says Russian state hackers breached numerous critical networks.

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