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Russian intelligence group used spyware on Instagram

June 9, 2017

Via: The Hill
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Hackers associated with the Russian government used Instagram to control malware used in attacks, according to a new report.

Researchers at Eset found that Turla, a well-known group believed to be affiliated with Russian intelligence, designed a malicious extension for the FireFox web browser to allow malware on a victim’s computer to communicate with the hackers over the photo-sharing social network.

The extension would scour the comments of a designated photograph for specially crafted messages that contained a web address used to communicate with the home base.

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