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NSA, FBI Expose Russian Intelligence Hacking Tool

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The U.S. National Security Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation have publicly exposed a sophisticated hacking tool that Russia's Main Intelligence Directorate used to penetrate Linux-based computers, which are pervasively employed by National Security Systems, the U.S. Department of Defense, the defense industrial base, and the at-large cybersecurity community, says Keppel Wood at NSA's Cybersecurity Directorate.

The tool, dubbed Drovorub, is "a 'Swiss Army knife' of capabilities that allows the attacker to perform many different functions, such as stealing files and remote-controlling the victim's computer," says Steve Grobman at cybersecurity company McAfee.

The report on Drovorub is the latest in a series of public disclosures by the U.S government targeting Russian hacking operations ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

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