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Hackers use IoT devices to penetrate corporate networks



Back in April, Microsoft researchers found that some Internet of Things (IoT) devices were communicating with their corporate customers with servers in Russia. Further research revealed that several VOIP phones, printers and video decoders were passing data to a hacking group called Strontium.

This group, better known as Fancy Bear or APT28, was identified by the FBI to work for the Russian government. Last year, hackers infected more than 500,000 routers with malware. Now the group used the IoT devices to gain access to corporate networks.

Microsoft has already notified the companies that manufacture the target devices. In addition, the IP addresses and scripts used by the hackers have been released so other organizations can look for bad actors trying to hijack their devices. [Ars Technica]

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