MIVD: dozens of Dutch routers hacked by a group of Russian hackers

MIVD: dozens of Dutch routers hacked by a group of Russian hackers

According to de Volkskrant, the attack was carried out by Unit 74455, also known as Sandworm or BlackEnergy. The hacker group is part of the GRU, Russia’s military intelligence agency, which has a global botnet of thousands of hacked routers.

“A small number of routers have also been hacked in the Netherlands among random victims who are not yet affiliated with Defence, national government or vital sectors,” according to the MIVD. “Victims are now being informed.”

These include routers from the WatchGuard brand. The MIVD has asked various users to hand in the devices for investigation. Affected routers can be “centrally and collectively monitored and used for espionage, influence and sabotage”.

Impact and sabotage

The Russian hacker group behind the malware is known for its influence and sabotage. In 2015 and 2016, hackers took part of the Ukrainian electricity grid offline. The group was also behind parking company Q-Park and the malware attack that hit the port of Rotterdam in 2017.

Source: RTL

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