Hacking Federal Agencies Now a Childs Play
October 12, 2016
A potentially dangerous malware called GovRat that is effective in cyber-espionage is available on Dark Web for as low as $1,000.
IBTimes recently published an article Malware used to target US Government and military being sold on Dark Web in which the author states –
The evolved version of GovRat, which builds on a piece of malware first exposed in November last year, can be used by hackers to infiltrate a victim’s computer, remotely steal files, upload malware or compromised usernames and passwords.
The second version of this malware has already caused significant damage. Along with it, the seller is also willing to give away credentials to access US government servers and military groups.
Though the exact identity of the creator of GovRat 2.0 is unknown, the article states:
Several of these individuals are known as professional hackers for hire,” Komarovexplained. He cited one name as ROR [RG] – a notorious hacker who previously targeted Ashley Madison, AdultFriendFinder and the Turkish General Directorate of Security (EGM).
Data of large numbers of federal employees are already compromised and details like email, home address, login IDs and hashed passwords are available for anyone who can pay the price.
InfoArmor a cybersecurity and identity protection firm while scanning the Dark Web forums unearthed this information and has already passed on the details to relevant affected parties. The extent of the damage is unknown, the stolen information can be used to cause further damage.