The US National Security Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have accused Russia of creating and launching a new virus called Drovorub. This is stated in a statement released on Thursday by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
According to the departments, the military unit of the Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) was responsible for the development of the virus, the launch of the virus is part of its cyber espionage operations.
According to a statement from the American special services, their specialists allegedly managed to establish that the hackers from the Fancy Bear group in the framework of alleged cyber espionage operations use a certain program called Drovorub. At the same time, the NSA and the FBI draw attention to the fact that the said group, in their opinion, is allegedly connected with Russian military intelligence.
Drovorub poses a threat to Homeland Security, Department of Defense and Defense Industry users using Linux systems.
NSA and FBI report
According to the vice president of information security company CrowdStrike Adam Myers, the statement by the FBI and NSA should be a warning to everyone who relies on Linux.
It is argued that with the help of a new virus, you can not only steal data, but also force computers of potential victims to execute certain commands.
Note that the report does not indicate how the American special services found out that it was Russian military intelligence that was behind its creation. It is only mentioned that Drovorub could have had the same author as other programs created by hackers (Fancy Bear, APT 28 and Strontium).