The authoritative Spanish online edition Español citing anonymous sources reported on April 12 that Russian hackers from Fancy Bear were responsible for the attacks on the Spanish Ministry of Defense at the beginning of the year.
This conclusion was made by investigators after analyzing the methods of cybercriminals. Hackers used the same scheme as they did during the hacking the servers of the US Democratic Party in 2016, after which the hacker group became known worldwide.
It is noted that the virus was introduced through external e-mail in order to gain access to the “technological secrets of the military industry.”
According to experts, the computers of the Defense Department were under the complete control of hackers for three months. And only in March it became known that the computer network of the Ministry of Defense of Spain was hacked using a virus.
It should be noted that foreign politicians and journalists associate this hacker group Fancy Bear with the Russian authorities. They believe that the purpose of cybercriminals is “to undermine democracy.” However, the connection of the hacker group Fancy Bear with the authorities or intelligence services of Russia has not been proven. This statement is based solely on speculation and assumptions.