Malware-Laced Twitter Messages Sent to Pentagon Employees by Russian Hackers

Russia is being accused of yet another attack on the US Department of Defense. This time, the country's government supposedly used Twitter to send malware-laced messages to more than 10,000 DoD employees. 
According to a report published by Time, the messages offered links to stories on recent sporting events or the Oscars. When clicked, the links led to a Russian-control server that downloaded malware allowing hackers to take control over the victim's device, be it phone or computer, as well as the Twitter account.
While email phishing campaigns have normally been used for such purposes, it seems that this time they're moving towards Twitter's Direct Messages.
The information published by Time comes from a report created for US counterintelligence officials in Washington. The fact that the malware-via-Twitter campaign targeted DoD employees, had the intelligence officials wondering what kind of damage could Russia do with thousands of Twitter handles from the US armed forces speaking in the same voice, sending the same message.

On top of this new phishing method, other details about the Russian operations in the United States are revealed. For instance, a Russian soldier based in Ukraine impersonates a 42-year-old American housewife posting on social media to influence political debates.
This type of masquerade has been quite a problem during the US elections last year. In fact, networks of bot accounts have been discovered on Twitter. These accounts had no followers and were impersonating American teens, while constantly retweeting pro-Trump messages.
"Using these technologies, it is possible to undermine democratic government, and it's becoming easier every day," Rand Waltzman of the Rand Corp told Time. Waltzman ran a Pentagram research program to understand the propaganda threats posed by social media.
公司应该对入侵行为、恶意代码、病毒等风险即进行防范部署,严格控制信息系统身份访问、资源访问,监控主机系统的资源使用情况,并在服务水平降低到设定阈值时发出报警。
It has long been known that Russia had a hand in the results of the 2016 US Presidential elections, especially as Trump is being investigated for colluding with the Russians.
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