Russian Hackers Have Just Shown Their First Sign Of Interest In Brexit

A groups of hackers believed by American intelligence to be controlled by a Russian spy agency has launched its first attacks with Brexit as a focus.

Known as Fancy Bear, the hackers have previously stolen files from the Democratic National Committee in the U.S. They often use recent events, like the October crash of a Lion Air 737 MAX plane off the coast of Indonesia, as lures for malicious documents that, when opened, infect the target computer. But the interest in Brexit is a first for the prolific Russian crew, also known as APT28 and Sofacy. That’s according to a former FBI official, Howard Marshall, who now heads up cybersecurity intelligence at Accenture.

Read more about the new Brexit-themed campaign by Fancy Bear on Forbes.