Endpoint protection firm SentinelOne has claimed Chinese hackers were ‘likely’ behind a series of intrusions on Russian government agencies last year.
According to Cyber Scoop, SentinelOne researchers recently highlighted that malicious code in the breaches was found to be similar to hacking tools associated with a broad set of suspected Chinese spies that had also targeted Asian governments in recent years.
The research comes off the back of a recent report released by the Russian spy agency Federal Security Service and cyber unit of telecom firm Rostelecom. The recent detailed that the Russian government agencies had been targeted by ‘cyber mercenaries pursuing the interests of the foreign state’.
Last year’s attack saw the attackers collect stolen data using Russian technology providers Mail.Ru and Yandex. This is not the first time an attack by China on Russia has occurred – last year, US officials exposed a suspected Chinese hacking campaign that had targeted Russian entities and other former Soviet republics.
SentinelOne researcher Juan Andrès Guerrero-Saade said, “The idea of Chinese targeting of Russian government [and vice versa] should not shock us. Sino-Russian relations are complex and involve hot button issues like a shared border, diplomatic and economic interests.”
Earlier this year, SentinelOne acquired logging startup Scalyr in a deal worth $155m in stock and cash. SentinelOne will add Scalyr’s real-time data lake to its cybersecurity offering and enable the business to actively prevent hack attacks and not just react to them.
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