The Associated Press has discovered the infiltration of Russian spies into the US defense system. The cyber spies, going by the name Fancy Bear, have been in hot pursuit of defense technology secrets. Critical contract workers were duped into revealing their email. The hackers had created phishing links that were clicked on by targets. Unfortunately, there wasn’t any direct notifications to those affected. It is therefore unclear about exactly what the spies stole. Fancy Bear was also accused of interfering with the 2016 Presidential elections. 87 individuals were targeted by the group. The individuals were handling cloud computing platforms, rockets, missiles, fighter jets and militarized drones.
Several companies fell victim of Fancy Bear. General Atomics, Lockheed Martin Corp., Boeing Co., Airbus Group and Raytheon Co., were some of the institutions affected. Charles Sowell, a former senior advisor to the Director of National Intelligence, was also targeted by Fancy Bear. He believes that the U.S. defense may be compromised if indeed the hackers got access to the target technologies. Apparently, the digital spies were targeting personal emails to derive credentials are consequently reach classified data. James Poss and Keven Gambold were among the fifteen drone experts targeted. Gambold said that Russia would level up to U.S. drone standards if they get critical information on U.S. drones.
Some of the most influential figures of state had also been marks for the infamous Fancy Bear. The Gmail accounts for Hillary Clinton, American security officials, Kremlin critics, Michael Buet of SunCondor company, Lt. Gen. Mark Shackelford and Eric Fanning of Aerospace Industries Association.
Richard Ford, a cybersecurity expert at the Forcepoint cybersecurity company observes that private emails are easy targets for hackers.