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Lawrence Livermore Targeted By Russian Hackers: Report | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #hacker

LIVERMORE, CA – Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories is one of three nuclear research laboratories targeted by a Russian hacking team known as Cold River, Reuters reported.

Internet records reviewed by Reuters and five cybersecurity experts show that the group – referred to by one expert as “one of the most important hacking groups you’ve never heard of”- allegedly created fake login pages and emailed nuclear scientists at LLNL, Brookhaven National Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory to try to get them to reveal their passwords. It is unknown what exact information the group tried to retrieve, and whether they were successful, Reuters said.

Patch is awaiting further comment from LLNL, which did not respond to a request for comment from Reuters.

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Cold River reportedly targeted LLNL in August and September, when Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested that Russia would be open to using nuclear weapons. Cold River has been involved in many other high-profile incidents, including leaking emails belonging to the former head of M16 and registering domain names belonging to European NGOs investigating war crimes.

Russia’s embassy in Washington did not respond to requests for comment from Reuters, but has denied hacking in the past.

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See here for the full Reuters report.

It’s been a milestone year for Lawrence Livermore. In December, the lab announced for the first time that it had produced enough energy to produce fusion ignition, which will have profound impacts on world energy production. In September, lab scientists helped NASA launch a successful mission to deflect asteroids.

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