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Hackers break into FSB contractor, expose plans to deanonymize Tor

By midian182 · 10 replies
Jul 22, 2019
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  1. On July 13, a hacking group using the name 0v1ru$ broke into SyTech’s Active Directory server and from there breached the entire network, including a JIRA instance, reports ZDNet. They stole 7.5TB of data and added a ‘YOBA face,’ which is what Russians call the Comfy Guy meme, to the company’s website.

    0v1ru$ shared the information with fellow hacking group Digital Revolution, which in turn shared it on Twitter and with Russian journalists.

    The most notable of the uncovered projects was Nautilus-S, which aims to deanonymize Tor traffic using rogue Tor servers, presumable to identify political dissidents, writes Engadget.

    Other projects include Nautilus (no ‘-S’ on this one), which collects data on social media users. There’s also Reward, a project for accessing P2P networks; Mentor, which monitors and searches Russian companies’ email communications on their servers; Hope, a project that maps the Russian internet and how it connects to other countries; and Tax-3, a closed intranet for storing key information on “highly-sensitive state figures, judges, and local administration officials.” Other files indicated that the FSB was tracking students and pensioners.

    BBC Russia reports that the leak may be the “largest in the history of the work of Russian special services on the Internet.”

    SyTech has reportedly taken down its website and is refusing to answer media inquiries.

    Back in May, Russia signed a law that requires ISPs to be able to disconnect from the outside internet. Internet providers must install equipment that routes traffic through Russia-based servers, which will be overseen by censorship body Roskomnazor.

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  2. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 3,527   +1,987

    This is pretty much what every country is trying to do.
    Impudicus likes this.
  3. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 2,788   +2,608

    True. The only difference is that ones like Russia and China don't make much of an effort to hide their totalitarian aims. Fortunately the TOR community has long been aware of the efforts by governments to control a significant percentage of nodes and have been continually working to thwart them.
    MaXtor, Nobina and Puiu like this.
  4. Igrecman

    Igrecman TS Maniac Posts: 300   +178

    He looks like a villain from James Bond movie.
  5. Impudicus

    Impudicus TS Addict Posts: 149   +116

    Thankfully the NSA doesn't do anything like this to American citizens.
    toooooot, harm9963, Markoni35 and 3 others like this.
  6. gamerk2

    gamerk2 TS Maniac Posts: 273   +168

    Eventually, the Internet is going to break up into private networks that will not be able to communicate with eachother. It's been moving that way for quite some time.
  7. noel24

    noel24 TS Evangelist Posts: 524   +468

    He does.
    Now imagine He's a real person, doing what James Bond's villains do. And He's getting away with this at the end of each episode...
    [insert Ernst Stavro Blofeld laughter here]
    Godel and Igrecman like this.
  8. toooooot

    toooooot TS Evangelist Posts: 886   +427

    I remember an awesome tool stolen from NSA. It was leaked and somebody tested it. It allows or allowed to take admin control of remote routers made by Cisco and Juniper.

    Now it is time to see what Russian tools can do.
  9. ypsylon

    ypsylon TS Booster Posts: 169   +57

    We are so faaaaar ahead of what Orwell portrayed in 1984...

    And let's not use euphemisms about FSB. It's Cheka vel NKVD vel KGB. Switching military uniforms for black, expensive suits is the only change over glorious - filled with butchery - past of 102 years.
  10. Raytrace3D

    Raytrace3D TS Addict Posts: 118   +117

    He IS a villain from a James Bond movie.
  11. Black Paper

    Black Paper TS Member Posts: 25   +21

    Am I the only one that read FSB as Front-Side Bus?
    Hardware Geek and Raytrace3D like this.

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