Kremlin-linked hackers are selling classified NATO military documents online, the BBC reported on August 26. NATO is assessing the impact of data leaks, including blueprints for weapons used by NATO allies in the war in Ukraine.
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Specifically, the hackers are selling dossiers containing data related to MBDA Missile Systems, a pan-European company that designs and manufactures missiles.
MBDA admitted that its data was among the stolen data posted online by hackers for sale. However, he also claimed that none of the classified files belonged to the firm and that the information had been hacked from a hacked external hard drive.
MBDA was created in December 2001 after a merger of rocket systems companies in France, Italy and the UK. The data breach took place in Italy and the company cooperated with Italian authorities in the investigation. According to reports, the investigations are centered around one of the MBDA suppliers.
“We are evaluating claims related to data allegedly stolen from MBDA. We have no indication that any NATO network has been compromised,” the NATO spokesman said in a statement.
80 GB of stolen data for 15 bitcoins
Hackers operating on Russian-language and English-language forums are selling 80 GB of stolen data for 15 bitcoins (approximately $320,006). The stolen information has already been sold to at least one unknown buyer, the hackers claim.
The hackers in the advertisement of the stolen data claimed to have received secret information about employees of companies involved in the development of closed military projects, as well as “project documentation, drawings, presentations, video and photographic materials, contract agreements and correspondence.” with other companies.”
A free 50MB sample of the cache seen by the BBC includes documents marked “NATO CONFIDENTIAL”, “TO LIMIT NATO” and “Unclassified Controlled Information”. “.
According to NATO classification levels, the label “NATO CONFIDENTIAL” implies that “unauthorized disclosure of information would be detrimental to NATO interests”. In contrast, “NATO LIMITED” means that unauthorized disclosure would be disadvantageous to NATO interests.
Whereas “Unclassified Controlled Information” is a US security label for information created or owned by the government; information that requires protection or distribution control in accordance with applicable laws, regulations and public policy
Files seen by the BBC show details of a “comms reconnaissance” mission conducted by a U.S. air squadron in Estonia over the Baltics in late 2020. It includes call logs, full name, phone number, and GPS coordinates of the person believed to be at the center of the operation.
A former NATO official noted that while there is a lot of “excessive secrecy” in NATO, these labels matter.”
“This is really information that NATO does not want to release,” a former NATO official told the BBC, adding that the chances of declassifying the documents are slim given that most of the files appear to have been created between 2017 and . and 2020.
The stolen information also contains information about the MBDA CAMM anti-aircraft missile.
The free sample files also included a presentation detailing the inner workings of the Land Ceptor CAMM (Common Anti-Air Modular Missile), including the exact location of the electronic storage unit inside it.
In April, the EurAsian Times reported that the UK had deployed its Sky Saber air defense system in Poland, which uses CAMM modules and launchers to protect Polish airspace amid Russia’s aggression in Ukraine.
The Common Anti-Air Modular Missile (CAMM) is an advanced air defense missile designed and manufactured by MBDA for land, air and sea use.
CAMMs are reportedly equipped with an innovative radar seeker that is reportedly able to detect even the smallest, fastest and most stealthy targets in the worst weather conditions and the strongest electronic interference.
In March, Russia bombed a Ukrainian military camp just 16 kilometers from the Polish border, raising fears that the conflict in Ukraine could spread abroad.
Meanwhile, MBDA Systems said that while its information was hacked, the company’s internal verification processes show that none of the sensitive or sensitive data was available online.
However, the BBC reported that some of the documents known to have been stolen from the MBDA are labeled as “inside information not to be released or reproduced”.
In addition to MBDA Systems, Russian hackers have also targeted U.S. defense giant Lockheed Martin for the company’s role in manufacturing the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) that the U.S. has supplied to the Ukrainian military.
Earlier this month, the EurAsian Times reported that a Russian crowdsourced hacking group claimed to have carried out cyberattacks on Lockheed Martin’s production systems, and also said it leaked information about the company’s employees to be “harassed and destroyed around the world!”