Once again a Russian cyber espionage group has gained media attention by exploiting a Zero-day vulnerability in Microsoft’s Windows operating system to spy on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Ukrainian and Polish government agencies, and a variety of sensitive European industries over the last year.
ZERO-DAY VULNERABILITY IN MICROSOFT WINDOWS
Researchers at cyber intelligence firm iSight Partners have discovered a zero-day vulnerability that impacts desktop and server versions of Windows, from Vista and Server 2008 to current versions. They also uncovered a latest cyber-spying campaign – suspected to be based in Russia – that uses this Zero-day vulnerability (CVE-2014-4114) to target government leaders and institutions for nearly five years.
The recently detected Russian hacking group is dubbed as “Sandworm Team” by iSIGHT Partners because it found references to the Frank Herbert’s “Dune” science fiction series in the malicious software code used by the Russian hackers.