CIA Unmasked as ‘Very Dangerous’ Longhorn Group Hacking Governments Worldwide

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
By Paul Martin

The Longhorn hackers, which use the same tools as those revealed to be used by the CIA, are a “very dangerous group” of cyber-attackers, Pierluigi Paganini of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Cyber G7 Workgroup told Radio Sputnik.

On Friday, security firm Symantec reported that the spying tools released in WikiLeaks’ Vault 7 leak last month have been used against at least 40 targets in at least 16 different countries since at least 2011.

ccording to WikiLeaks, the Vault 7 collection was leaked from within the CIA’s Computer Operations Group.

Symantec says that a hacking group it dubbed “Longhorn” has been using those same tools to hack at least 40 targets in 16 different countries, going back to at least 2011.

“Longhorn has infiltrated governments and internationally operating organizations, in addition to targets in the financial, telecoms, energy, aerospace, information technology, education, and natural resources sectors. All of the organizations targeted would be of interest to a nation-state attacker,” Symantec stated.

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