Cyberattacks on law enforcement climbing, experts find

Resecurity, a LA-based cyber firm, has claimed there has been an increase in malicious activity targeting law enforcement agencies at the beginning of the second quarter.

According to Security Affairs, the threat actors are hacking email and other accounts which belong to police officers and their internal systems.

The trend found by Resecurity consists of threat actors sending fake subpoenas and emergency data requests to their victims from the hacked law enforcement accounts. Using these capabilities, the actors are targeting large tech firms like Apple, Snapchat and Meta to collect sensitive details about targets of interest.

Based on the opinion of the Resecurity team, one of the biggest concerns is the visible insecurity of the law enforcement IT infrastructure. Such infrastructure can create a significant risk to society, both in cyberspace and real life.

The company found that the most typical scenarios involving attacks on law enforcement systems included protest activity, unauthorised access, cyberespionage, data theft and law enforcement system and applications abuse.

Such activity was found to be especially visible in Latin America, South East Asia and offshore jurisdictions.

Resecurity CTO Christian Lees said, “Sophisticated bad actors and APT groups are actively targeting law enforcement agencies worldwide. Traditional cybercriminals are also an important component in this process, as state-supported actors may be actively collaborating with them for further planned cyberattacks and targeted network intrusions. Investigation of such incidents is a complicated process due to the significant sensitivity involved.”

Computer hackers reportedly linked to the Russian state recently attacked dozens of Lithuanian government and private organisations.

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