Dark Net Researcher Says Russian Hackers Attacking Big Companies in US

According to a Dark Net researcher Ed Alexander, nearly 85 High Profile US Tech Firms Including Amazon and Apple Pay allegedly Attacked by Russia-based Hacking Group.

Russian hackers are in full form nowadays as quite often we hear about them causing concerns among US tech giants. In recent such attempts, a Russian hacking group is suspected of targeting around 85 high-profile US firms including Apple Pay, Amazon, American Airlines, McDonald’s. PayPal, Pizza Hut, Dunkin Donuts, DropBox, eBay, Uber, Match.com, Office Depot, AT&T, Wells Fargo, and steam, etc.

According to an investigation from a dark web researcher Ed Alexander, several Russian servers were utilized for this large-scale cyber attack and the language used in chats among the hackers was also Russian. This revelation has led to the conclusion that the Russian hacking group may be behind a series of these attacks.

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Alexander shared his findings with the Epoch Times stating that during Apple Pay hack, the cyber-criminals managed to get card numbers and “full identities.”

Alexander further stated that the captured data includes personal information like secret questions and answers that are used by password recovery user authentication systems. Alexander added that when he identified this threat, he immediately took his iPhone off Apple Pay.

He also identified customized cyber-attack files that were probably designed to target each of the companies involved. These files contained individual configurations for Sentry MBA, which is a black market credential-cracking tool. Sentry MBA is a very popular credential stuffing software that is hailed by the hackers community all over the world.

Currently, there is no knowledge about the identities of the perpetrators of the recent attacks on US tech firms and their links to any foreign governments is also not been established yet. If the hackers did so for monetary gains then we can expect the stolen credentials to be available for sale at the dark web pretty soon. Or it could be part of a completely different and much elaborate cyber-attack.

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However, this is not the first time when Ed Alexander has provided such crucial information to The Epoch Times. In March 2016, Alexander revealed that China’s state-sponsored hackers have set op cybercrime business on the DarkNet. In June this year, he claimed that hackers have compromised Global Banking System and they can no alter banks’ most sensitive data, allowing fake money transfers and credit card fraud.

This is not the first time when Russian hackers are in the news for large-scale cyber attacks. Last month, state-sponsored Russian group Fancy Bears hacked World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and leaked sensitive information from the agency’s servers exposing athletes worldwide using banned athletic performance-enhancing drugs – commonly known as doping.

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