Google’s Threat Analysis Group said in a report published on Wednesday that Russian hackers have recently attempted to break into NATO networks and the military of some Eastern European countries.
The report did not specify whether the terrorists were targeted by what Google described as a “credential phishing campaign” launched by a Russian-based group called Coaldriver or Callisto. “These campaigns were sent to non-Google accounts using newly created Gmail accounts, so the success rate of these campaigns is unknown,” the report said.
NATO was not immediately available for comment on the report. Russia, which is now subject to heavy Western economic sanctions following its decision to invade Ukraine on February 24, regularly denies allegations of escalating cyber attacks on Western targets.
In 2019, Finnish cybersecurity firm F-Secure Labs described Callisto as an unknown and advanced threat actor in Europe who is “interested in collecting intelligence related to foreign and security policy”.
The group also targeted the NATO Center of Excellence, Wednesday’s Google report detailed. In a statement, the center did not directly address Google’s report, but said: “We see malicious cyber activity on a daily basis.”