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UN Computer Networks Breached by Hackers Earlier This Year

  • Attackers gained access to UN network using stolen credentials
  • The identity of the hackers, or their motive, isn’t yet clear
Palace Of Nations In Geneva

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Hackers breached the United Nations’ computer networks earlier this year and made off with a trove of data that could be used to target agencies within the intergovernmental organization. 

The hackers’ method for gaining access to the UN network appears to be unsophisticated: They likely got in using the stolen username and password of a UN employee purchased off the dark web.