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Secret trove offers rare look into Russian cyberwar ambitions

By Craig Timberg

30 Mar 2023 · 12 min read

Editor's Note

Documents leaked from a Russian defense contractor suggest Moscow's intelligence agencies are working to strengthen their ability to launch cyberattacks and surveil the internet. The Post reports.

Russian intelligence agencies worked with a Moscow-based defense contractor to strengthen their ability to launch cyberattacks, sow disinformation and surveil sections of the internet, according to thousands of pages of confidential corporate documents.

The documents detail a suite of computer programs and databases that would allow Russia's intelligence agencies and hacking groups to better find vulnerabilities, coordinate attacks and control online activity. The documents suggest the firm was supporting operations including both social media disinformation and training to remotely disrupt real-world targets, such as sea, air and rail control systems.

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