Hacker wrote “Do Not Mess With Our Elections” on Cisco Network Switch

  • Cisco network switch hacked by a mysterious group named JHT.
  • 3,500 switches were affected in Iran.
  • JHT is not the only to attack the network switches.

Hacker wrote “Do not mess with our elections” on Cisco Network Switch: On Friday, hackers blocked Internet access in Russia and Iran with an internet attack, in which the digital message was abandoned: with an image of the American flag, “Do not mess with our elections.” The messages were written on Cisco network switch, by attacking a mysterious hacking group “JHT”.

Hacker wrote “Do Not Mess With Our Elections” on Cisco Network Switch
Hacker wrote “Do Not Mess With Our Elections” on Cisco Network Switch

In an email, the group told to the MotherboardWe were tired of attacks by hackers supported by the government on the United States and other countries”.

“We simply wanted to send a message,” told to Motherboard.

In order to attack the network switch, the hacker has taken advantage of a publicly-known bug in Cisco’s software that allows you to execute the code and trigger the outage. Cisco has released a patch, but not everyone has got the chance to install it.

Security firm Kaspersky Lab saw the interruption and said that it kills “Russian-speaking section” of the Internet primarily by attacking data centers established with the network switch. As a result, some websites went down briefly. According to Kaspersky Lab, the probability of hackers is most likely to be able to scan the open internet and find series switches.

Hacker wrote “Do Not Mess With Our Elections” on Cisco Network Switch
Hacker wrote “Do Not Mess With Our Elections” on Cisco Network Switch

Iranian officials also faced an interruption. Nearly 3,500 switches were affected, but most of the networks came back online by Saturday, the country’s technology ministry said.

So far, the mysterious hacking group JHT has remained largely on the attack on last Friday. Messages to the group’s email address at Usafreedom_jht@tutanota.com did not return immediately but JHT is not the only party to attack the network switches.

On Thursday, Cisco published a blog post, which mentions that including those of Russia whose devices were being attacked by nation-state actors. Cisco said, “In many countries” incidents have occurred and significant infrastructure has been targeted. It seems like Russia has been blamed for not only interfering in the US elections in 2016, but also to hack the country’s energy industry. However, the Kremlin has denied any involvement.

Meanwhile, Cisco has published a tool and guidance that can help IT administrators to protect their system from software vulnerabilities.

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