One hundred thirty websites are hosting malicious software on their websites in what the State Department is calling a sophisticated Russian cyber spying operation, according to security analysts.
“These websites include news services, foreign embassies and local businesses that were compromised by threat actors to serve as ‘watering holes,’” according to a report by the Overseas Security Advisory Council distributed this week. A watering hole is a hijacked website used by cyber attackers to deliver malware to unsuspecting victims.
“For example, users may navigate to one of these malicious sites with the intent of checking travel requirements or the status of a visa application and unknowingly download the embedded malware onto their computers,” the report said.
The report identified the locations of the compromised… Read More