«Russia decided to start a new cyber warfare: hackers revealed details»
The hacker group “Digital Revolution” has released documents describing a procurement order from a division of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) for the development of “Fronton” software that would enable cyberattacks using infected Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices. The BBC’s Russian-language service was the first media outlet to report this story.
The hackers uploaded an archive of 12 technical documents, diagrams, and code fragments created in 2017 and 2018. Based on the leak, the procurement order for the cyber-weapon was placed by military unit number 64829 (better known as the FSB’s Information Security Center). The companies “0day” Ltd. and “InformInvestGroup” CJSC may also have been involved in this project. Spokespeople for both organizations have declined to comment on the leak.
In total, according to the hackers’ data, there are three versions of the software: Fronton, Fronton-3D, and Fronton-18. The programs can infect any smart device (from digital assistants to “smart” homes), connecting them into a network and then attacking the servers responsible for the stability of online services and the Internet itself in entire countries.