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Cybercriminal abusing Tor network likely state-sponsored hacker

The Tor network is being monitored by US and British spy agencies, but remains a popular tool for hackers to spread malware and compromise users
By: Michael Hatamoto | Hacking & Security News | Posted: Nov 16, 2014 11:18 pm

A hacker accused of spreading malicious code in the Tor network likely is a state-sponsored hacker being funded by the Russian government, according to security companies. Leviathan Security indicated the hacker had control over a Tor exit node located in Russia, and was able to inject the OnionDuke malware.




Not surprisingly, MiniDuke appears to have traces back to the Russian government - one of the largest state sponsors of organized cyberattacks - typically looking to compromise governments and private companies in the United States, Eastern and Western Europe.


"We have also uncovered strong evidence suggesting that OnionDuke has been used in targeted attacks against European government agencies, although we have so far been unable to identify the infection vector(s)," according to F-Secure.


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