Hackers Hit Russia, Iran Data Centers, Leaves US Flags with Warning
Cyber security company Kaspersky reported that hackers Friday last week had attacked vulnerable Cisco switches at data centers in Russia and Iran, leaving a message saying “Don’t mess with our elections”, along with the image of a US flag.
The attackers had exploited the Smart Install “protocol misuse” vulnerability which Cisco issued an alert for last week. The company also mentioned that nation-state hackers were targeting the flaw to hit critical infrastructure providers.
Tech website Motherboard said that they were able to contact the attackers via the email address the left as a calling card. The hackers said that they were able to scan and find vulnerable Cisco switches worldwide, but only attacked Russia and Iran, while fixing those in the US and UK.