San Francisco: Hackers belonging to Russia’s elite state-sponsored hacking groups have been using printers, video decoders and other so-called Internet-of-Thing (IoT) devices as a way to breach corporate networks, Microsoft officials have warned. Researchers at the tech giant uncovered the attacks in April when a voice-over-IP phone, an office printer and a video decoder in multiple customer locations were communicating with servers belonging to STRONTIUM — a Russian government hacking group better known as Fancy Bear or APT28. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year “These devices became points of ingress from which the actor established a presence on the network and continued looking for further access. “Once the actor had successfully established access to the network, a simple network scan to look for other insecure devices allowed them to discover and move across the network in search of higher-privileged accounts that would grant access to higher-value data,” officials with the Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center wrote in a blog post on Monday. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India Several sources estimate that by the year 2020, some 50 billion IoT devices will be deployed worldwide. IoT devices are purposefully designed to connect to a network and many are simply connected to the Internet with little management or oversight. “Over the last 12 months, Microsoft has delivered nearly 1,400 nation-state notifications to those who have been targeted or compromised by STRONTIUM. One in five notifications of STRONTIUM activity were tied to attacks against non-governmental organisations, think tanks, or politically affiliated organisations around the world,” the Microsoft researchers added. The remaining 80 per cent of STRONTIUM attacks have targeted organisations in the government, IT, military, defence, medicine, education and engineering.
Kevadiya (Guj)/New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi turned 69 on Tuesday and spent his birthday in his home state of Gujarat offering prayers to goddess Narmada at the Sardar Sarovar dam filled to capacity for the first time, visiting the Statue of Unity and sharing a meal with his nonagenarian mother.Modi, who was greeted by leaders across the political spectrum, also addressed a public rally in Kevadia where he lauded the vision of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, saying his government drew inspiration from the country’s former home minister for its decision last month on Jammu and Kashmir in an attempt to find solution to a decades-old problem. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’BJP chief and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, top Congress leaders Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, BSP supremo Mayawati, chief ministers of West Bengal, Telangana, Odisha and Delhi–Mamata Banerjee, K Chandrasekhar Rao, Naveen Patnaik and Arvind Kejriwal respectively–were among others who greeted Modi on his birthday. Shah described Modi as a leader with strong willpower and a symbol of decisive leadership and hard work while Defence Minister Rajnath Singh hailed the prime minister’s “visionary leadership” and said it has helped India scale new heights of glory. On his 68th birthday last year, Modi was in his Lok Sabha constituency of Varanasi and spent time with school children. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KA 569-kg ladoo was also unveiled at an event organised in Delhi by Sulabh International, a non-profit organisation, to mark Modi’s birthday as ‘Swachhta Diwas’ (Cleanliness Day). Modi met his mother Heeraben at her home in Gandhinagar after his public engagements. TV visuals showed the prime minister greeting his mother with folded hands to seek her blessings. Modi then sat down to have a birthday lunch with her. The TV images showed the mother and son enjoying what appeared to be a Gujarati thali.