Russian hackers targeting defense contractors: report

Russian hackers targeted employees at major defense contractors working on sensitive U.S. military programs, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday. 

Hackers with cyber-espionage group Fancy Bear used phishing emails to target no less than 87 contractors working on military technology projects such as drones, missiles and fighter jets for the U.S. government, according to the AP.

The news agency’s investigation relied on email phishing data tracked by cyber firm Secureworks between March 2015 and May 2016.

Those targeted included employees of major defense contractors like Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and Boeing, as well as lesser-known firms. They were largely targeted on their personal Gmail accounts. 

Such hacking efforts could potentially allow Moscow to obtain sensitive details on American military technology. 

It is unclear the extent to which the phishing scams were successful.

Fancy Bear has been active since the mid-2000s, but has recently been drawn further into the spotlight by revelations of Russian interference in the 2016

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