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The FBI and Department of Homeland Security released a joint report Thursday on Russian “malicious cyber activity” that included a thorough list of code names for the malware used by Russian hackers.
The joint analysis report – which refers to the Russian activity headlined by its efforts hack into US government and political organizations as “GRIZZLY STEPPE” – included a list of code names used for software the reported actors associated with the Russian military and civilian intelligence service who engaged in various phishing schemes aimed at foreign targets used in the process.
Some of those absurd names included “SEADADDY,” “HAMMERTOSS,” “Energetic Bear,” and “Carberp.” Many of the names include “duke” or “bear,” such as the more well-known “Fancy Bear.”
The “alternate names” as listed in the report, were created mostly by American companies. The two groups of Russian hackers were labeled APT28 and APT29.
Here’s the full FBI/DHS list of code names:
The report was released shortly after President Barack Obama announced new sanctions against Russian officials, which includes the removal of 35 Russian intelligence officials currently in the US, in addition to sanctions from the Treasury Department against two other Russian individuals.
In a Thursday statement, Obama said the actions were “not the sum total of our response” and that his administration would provide a report to Congress in the coming days related to Russia’s “efforts to interfere in our election, as well as malicious cyber activity related to our election cycle in previous elections.”
Russia swiftly responded, assuring that Washington would “receive an answer” if “new hostile steps” were taken.
“This applies to any actions against Russian diplomatic missions in the United States, which will immediately backfire at US diplomats in Russia,” Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, said in a statement. “The Obama administration probably does not care at all about the future of bilateral relations, but history will hardly forgive it for this après-nous-le-deluge attitude.”
Recent public revelations showed that US intelligence tied the election-related hacking of Democratic political organizations and operatives such as Clinton campaign chair John Podesta to senior Russian officials. The CIA has concluded that Russia intervened in the US election to try to tip the scales toward President-elect Donald Trump, though other agencies haven’t gone as far in their assessments.
Both Republicans and Democrats have called for action to be taken against Russia for its role in the hacking. Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and John McCain of Arizona have been two of the loudest voices on that front.
Meanwhile, Russia has repeatedly denied its involvement, and Trump has refused to acknowledge that Russia had involvement in election-related hackings. He said on Wednesday that “we ought to get on with our lives.”
“I think that computers have complicated lives very greatly,” he told reporters outside his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. “The whole age of computer has made it where nobody knows exactly what is going on.”
In a Thursday statement, Trump again insisted it was time to move on to “bigger and better” things, but that “nevertheless” he would meet with intelligence officials to discuss the matter.
Correction: This article previously referred to the list of names as those the FBI and Department of Homeland Security claimed were secret code names used by Russian hackers. The list of names were actually alternate names to label the malware used by the groups of Russian hackers, who were known as APT28 and APT29.