Yandex, Russian internet search company hacked by hackers working for Western intelligence agencies in late 2018. establish a rare type of malware to try to spy on user accounts.
The malware, called Regin, is used by the intelligence-sharing alliance “Five Eyes” (United States, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Canada), the sources said. Intelligence agencies in these countries declined to comment.
Western cyberattacks against Russia are rarely recognized or spoken in public. It was not possible to determine which of the five countries was behind the attack on Yandex, sources said in Russia and elsewhere, three of whom had direct knowledge of the attack. The gap occurred between October and November 2018.
Yandex spokesman Ilya Grabovsky acknowledged the incident in a statement but declined to provide additional details.
“This particular attack was detected at a very early stage by the Yandex security team. It was fully neutralised before any damage was done. Yandex security team’s response ensured that no user data was compromised by the attack.”
The company, known as “Russia’s Google” for its variety of online services, ranging from Internet searches to e-mail bookings and taxis, said it has more than 108 million monthly users in Russia. It also operates in Belarus, Kazakhstan and Turkey.
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