Trump doc claims Russia has cracked Telegram messaging service

The FSB offers bribes for backdoors into commercial products, recruits hackers via blackmail, according to unsubstantiated documents

By Tim Greene
Jan. 12, 2017

Those second-tier targets include western private banks and the governments of smaller states that are allied with the top Western states. “Hundreds of agents, either consciously cooperating with the FSB or whose personal and professional IT systems had even unwittingly [been] compromised, were recruited,” the document says.

The FSB recruits the “most capable cyber operatives in Russia” using coercion and blackmail and puts them to work on state-sponsored programs, with an eye toward maintaining official deniability of their activities, the document says.

Russian institutions are also the victims of cyberattacks, particularly from about 15 organised crime groups operating outside the control of the FSB and the Russian state. “The Central Bank of Russia claimed that in 2015 alone there had been more than 20 attempts at serious cyber embezzlement of money from corresponding accounts held there, comprising several billions of Rubles,” the intelligence document says.

The crime groups involved include Anunak (a.k.a. Carbanak), Buktrap and Metel.

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