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Russian Hackers Infiltrating Companies via Office Printer

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Microsoft says hackers associated with Russian spy agencies are using devices connected to the Internet of things to infiltrate corporate networks.


Microsoft warns hackers associated with Russian spy agencies are exploiting Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices, including Internet-linked office printers, to infiltrate corporate networks.

The hackers are connected to Russia's GRU military intelligence agency, and allegedly are responsible for the 2016 breach of the Democratic National Committee.

Microsoft said it observed multiple instances of one of the hackers accessing networks through IoT devices deployed with default passwords, or that lacked the latest security update.

Said Microsoft, "A simple network scan to look for other insecure devices allowed them to discover and move across the network in search of higher-privileged accounts that would grant access to higher-value data."

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