Russian cyber attackers used two unknown flaws: security company




 
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April 19th, 2015  
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Topic: Russian cyber attackers used two unknown flaws: security company


By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A widely reported Russian cyber-spying campaign against diplomatic targets in the United States and elsewhere has been using two previously unknown flaws in software to penetrate target machines, a security company investigating the matter said on Saturday. FireEye Inc , a prominent U.S. security company, said the espionage effort took advantage of holes in Adobe Systems Incís Flash software for viewing active content and Microsoft Corp's ubiquitous Windows operating system. The same hackers are also believed to have broken into White House machines containing unclassified but sensitive information such as the presidentís travel schedule. FireEye has been assisting the agencies probing those attacks, but it said it could not comment on whether the spies are the same ones who penetrated the White House because that would be classified as secret.




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