(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Russian hackers have reportedly exploited a flaw in Microsoft’s Windows operating system, allowing them to spy on NATO and the Ukraine government.
The groups operation, known as Sandstorm, was first dissevered by cyber security firm iSight Partners in August, through the firm believes the operation has been active since 2009 by the Moscow government, Fox News reports.
The hackers were able to gain information about the targeted groups through a process known as “spearphising,” in which emails with infected attachments were sent to targeted computers where the group was able to gain access to the systems through the Windows exploit.
iSight added that they believe the group to be Russian due to their targets and Russian found on computer files uploaded by the hackers.
Microsoft systems affected by the exploit include all versions of Windows except XP. In a statement to Reuters, a Microsoft spokesperson stated that an automatic update will be released sometime today.