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A Russian-based hacking organization called Cold River is responsible for a large-scale information-gathering campaign that has targeted individuals and organizations involved in politics, academia, and defense officials. , journalists and activists, Reuters reported, citing a British intelligence agency.

A document released by the National Cyber ​​Security Centre, which is part of Britain's GCHQ intelligence agency, said Cold River contacted the victim through fake email addresses and social media accounts.

"There is often correspondence between the attacker and the victim, sometimes over a long period of time, during which the attacker tries to build trust," the document notes.

"We don't know anything about this," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in response to a request for comment.

The Cold River hackers encouraged the victim to click on a malicious link that tricked them into entering their user information on a site controlled by the organization, according to a document released by British intelligence.

According to Reuters, Cold River, also known as Callisto and Seaborgium, targeted three US nuclear research laboratories last summer and published private emails of former British intelligence chief Richard Dearlove. In May.

The Russian Foreign Ministry criticized the announcement about the nuclear research laboratories, calling it anti-Russian propaganda.


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