FBI Alerts Organisations to Guard Against Scattered Spider Hackers

These skilled hackers use fake profiles and impersonations to trick victims.
23 November 2023
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The FBI has issued a warning to organisations about the Scattered Spider hacking group, known for breaching American organisations and stealing sensitive data for extortion. This group has successfully hacked various organisations including casino companies MGM Resorts International and Caesars Entertainment. They are skilled at using fake profiles and impersonations to trick victims into giving them access.

The FBI, in coordination with the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, has shed new light on the hackers' operating methods. Even after gaining access, the hackers continue to monitor internal communication channels such as Slack, Microsoft Teams, and Microsoft Exchange online to check if their breach has been discovered. They frequently join incident response calls to gather intelligence and develop new intrusion methods.

Critical infrastructure organisations are urged to implement recommended security measures.     

 It is important to note that paying ransom does not guarantee file recovery and may even embolden the hackers to target more organisations. 

- CyberBeat


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