The Russian hacker group Fancy Bear has targeted cyberattacks on European governments, as warned by the EU cyber response organization.

This is reported by Politico.

At least seven European governments have been the targets of a deceptive phishing campaign, which involves using specially designed lures to target specific high-profile targets to download malware or provide access to digital systems.

"We assess that this activity has a high level of threat to EU institutions and agencies," the EU Cyberspace Emergency Response Team (CERT-EU) said in a note for limited distribution.

Fancy Bear, also known as APT28, is a Russian intelligence-linked hacking group that experts in the United States say is behind the 2016 Democratic National Committee hacking that helped Donald Trump win the election. The group was also sanctioned by EU authorities in 2020 for a hacker attack on the German Bundestag in 2015.

The group "uses various bait documents to lure victims, including minutes from meetings of a subcommittee of the European Parliament and a report from a special committee of the United Nations," the note said.

The warning comes amid growing concerns that next year's European elections will be targeted by hacker groups from countries with a cyber offensive against Europe, such as Russia and China. It should be noted that EU voters will go to the polls in June 2024.

Russian state-owned hacking groups have been targeting European countries for years with cyberattacks, cyber espionage, and disinformation campaigns that EU countries see as attempts to disrupt their domestic politics and diplomatic position.

In particular, Fancy Bear specializes in infiltrating government and critical industry organizations in the West and using hacked information to undermine policy.

Meanwhile, in Ukraine, since the beginning of the full-scale Russian-Ukrainian war, experts have blocked 76 bot farms with an audience of three million fake accounts.

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