Russian Federal Security Service Seeks IoT Intrusion Devices: Hackers Group

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Russian Federal Security Service Seeks IoT Intrusion Devices: Hackers Group
Distributed Denial of Service attack (Image: PCMag)

Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) has put out a contract request  seeking to develop the so-called "Fronton" program, which allows to carry out cyberattacks using infected Internet of Things (IoT) devices, an Anti-Russian Hackers group, “Digital Revolution” has claimed.

FSB is said to have requested its contractors to provide the ability to deanonymize Russian Tor browser users and monitor emails in 2018-19, UAWire reported Thursday.

The Digital Revolution hackers have now published an archive of 12 technical documents, diagrams and fragments of a code created in 2017-18.

They claim that cyberweapons were bought by military unit No. 64829, the Information Security Center of the FSB. There are three versions of the program - "Fronton," "Fronton-3D" and "Fronton-18." They allow to infect any "smart" devices, join them into the network and then attack the servers of the Internet Service providers, freeze file-sharing for hours, and disrupt Internet services of entire countries.

The FSB contractors, according to the documents, proposed that the botnet should consist of 95% IP cameras and digital video recorders. "If they transmit video, they have a large enough communication channel to effectively perform DDoS (Denial of Service Attack)," the materials say.

Infected IoT devices attacked about 70 large Internet services in the United States in October 2016. Then Twitter, Netflix, Spotify, Paypal and Amazon were inaccessible for several hours.

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