Embassies targeted by hackers with bogus State Dept. spreadsheet: Report

Andrew Blake reports:

Embassies in Europe have wound up on the receiving end of an ongoing hacking campaign with roots in Russia, a multinational cybersecurity firm warned Monday.

Researchers at Check Point reported becoming aware of a weaponized spreadsheet being emailed to targets described as “government finance authorities and representatives in several embassies in Europe.”

Attached to emails bearing the subject “Military Financing Program,” the booby-trapped document bears the seal of the U.S. State Department and claims to contain top secret information that can only be accessed if the recipient follows instructions that actually executes malicious code on their computer, according to the report.

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