Russian hackers targeting European embassies

Russian cyber attackers recently targeted a number of embassies in Europe by employing a weaponised version of TeamViewer — a popular remote access service and malware disguised as a top-secret US government document, according to media reports.

“They typically emailed the officials Microsoft Excel sheets with malicious macros that appeared to have originated from the United States State Department. Once opened, the hackers were able to gain full control of the infected computer by weaponising the installed TeamViewer software,” The Verge reported late on Monday.

The hackers attacked European embassies in Kenya, Italy, Liberia, Nepal, Guyana, Bermuda and Lebanon, among others.

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