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Five Eyes nations warn Moscow’s mates at the Star Blizzard gang have new phishing targets

December 8, 2023

Russia-backed attackers have named new targets for their ongoing phishing campaigns, with defense-industrial firms and energy facilities now in their sights, according to agencies of the Five Eyes alliance.

In a joint security alert issued on Thursday, seven agencies* from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the US and the UK, warned about a criminal gang named Star Blizzard and its evolving phishing techniques.

The agencies note that the Russian gang, also known as Callisto Group/TA446/COLDRIVER/TAG-53/BlueCharlie “is almost certainly subordinate to the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) Center 18.” This isn’t to be confused with Russia’s military intelligence agency, the GRU, which also has its own cyber-spy arm and also likes to go phishing in US and European networks.

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