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CrowdStrike, a cybersecurity firm based in the United States, has compiled evidence showing that the Russian government has been spying on "_hundreds of American, European, and Asian companies_, "according to an article published by the Chicago Tribune. The article indicates that this is the "_first time Moscow has been linked to cyberattacks for alleged economic – rather than political – gains._"
The article states that CrowdStrike reported "_energy and technology firms_" being listed as some of the "_victims of the previously unreported cyber espionage campaign._" They note that some of these organizations have reportedly "_lost valuable intellectual property_, "according to the article. The article states that no specific details about losses or the victims have been released due to "_confidentiality agreements related to its investigation._"
Dmitri Alperovitch, CTO of CrowdStrike, was quoted in the article to say, "These attacks appear to have been motivated by the Russian government's interest in helping its industry maintain competitiveness in key areas of national importance._" The article reports that the firm has been tracking the activities of "_Energetic Bear_"- the group of Russian hackers – for two years. CrowdStrike feels that their tracking shows that the "_Russian government is behind the campaign because of technical indicators, as well as analysis of the targets chosen and the data stolen," according to the article.
Alperovitch was quoted in the article to say about their research against the Russian government, "_We are very confident about this. They are copying the Chinese playbook. Cyber espionage is very lucrative for economic benefit to a nation._"
Read more about what CrowdStrike has learned about the Russian government's hacking in the full article at the Chicago Tribune and what this means as experts forecast the future of internet activity for the years to come.
Written by Bryon Turcotte / January 22, 2014