NCSC joins US partners to expose global brute force campaign by Russian Intelligence Services
NSA, CISA, FBI and the NCSC publish advice for network defenders to help protect their systems.
07 July 2021
The US National Security Agency (NSA), Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the NCSC have today (Thursday) published a joint advisory exposing malicious cyber activity by Russia’s military intelligence service, the GRU, against organisations globally.
The advisory reveals the tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) used in this campaign which has targeted both private and public sector networks from at least mid-2019. Global targets include government and military, defence contractors, energy companies, higher education, logistics, law firms, media, political consultants or political parties and think tanks.
Network defenders are encouraged to follow mitigations outlined in the advisory and, in the first instance, ensure that multi-factor authentication (MFA) is rolled out across systems.
Further information and guidance
Brute force techniques are used by a wide range of adversaries to gain access to accounts when passwords are unknown. Microsoft has recently revealed that it had identified brute force and password spraying activity from a different Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) group known as NOBELIUM.