Whenever one of those programs gets captured in the wild, researchers pick it apart for new insights into the Fancy Bear’s methods.
X-Agent was used in the 2016 DNC hack, but its history stretches back years before.
It comes out at the tail end of what the security world calls the “cyber kill-chain.”
I was surprised... It’s been like playing chess against someone and never knowing who the opponent is. ”
X-Agent is a reliable workhorse, time tested and proven, and packing all the basic features a cyber spy needs.
Mueller identifies it as the GRU unit that handled the hacking aspects of the Kremlin’s election interference.
The head of Unit 26165 at the time, Viktor Borisovich Netyksho, is the lead defendant in the case. »