Russian Hackers Stole US-UK Trade Talk Papers From Liam Fox’s Email Account

As reported by Sky News, Russian hackers stole secret trade deal papers from the email account of former cabinet minister Liam Fox.

Reuters report that Mr Fox’s account was broken into multiple times between 12 July and 2 October 2019 – in the run up to last year’s general election. It said a “spear phishing” message was used, which tricks the target into handing over their password and login details. Quoting unnamed sources, Reuters reported officials did not say which group was responsible but did insist the attack “bore the hallmarks of a state-backed operation”.


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Guy Phillips, VP International Business ,  NetDocuments
August 05, 2020
A huge concern for the UK Government
Clearly this data breach will be a huge concern for the UK Government, and it highlights the very real threat organisations face protecting their sensitive documents. Unfortunately, malicious attacks still account for more than a third of data breaches each year, so it is vital that organisations have security measures in place to prevent sensitive documents falling into the wrong hands. Data prot ....
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Jake Moore, Cybersecurity Specialist,  ESET
August 04, 2020
An easy slip up can be extremely costly, and powerful hackers are not giving up easily.
Spear phishing is not necessarily growing in frequency, but the attack vector is clearly being conveyed in more ingenious and craftier ways than we have seen before. Victims are highly likely to be aware of such tactics, which goes to show the level these hackers are now at. Moreover, the emails targeting these high profile figures rarely stop at just one attempt either. These will flood in and ....
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