Russian hackers have recently attempted to penetrate the networks of Nato and the ministries of defence of several Eastern European countries, according to a report from Google’s Threat Analysis Group.

The report did not say which militaries had been targeted in what Google described as “credential phishing campaigns” launched by a Russian-based group called Coldriver, or Callisto.

The campaigns were conducted using newly created Gmail accounts.

Google says that while the “success rate of these campaigns is unknown”, it is not aware of any Gmail accounts being compromised.

US officials have repeatedly warned that Russia and Russian-backed hacker groups pose a threat.

Russia has denied accusations of mounting cyber-attacks on Western targets.


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