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More than 1 billion rubles, 100s of thousands of Credit Cards and vast amounts intellectual property has been stolen by a new group of cyber criminals 'Anunak'


Another joint investigation by Group-IB from Russia and Netherlands based company Fox-IT is finished. Group-IB specializes in cyber crime investigations and Fox-IT offers innovative cyber security solutions. As a result of their joint investigation a report about Anunak hackers group was released today. This group has been involved in targeted attacks and espionage since 2013. 

Anunak's targets in Russia and CIS countries are banks and payments systems while in Europe, USA and Latin America criminals were mainly focusing on retail networks as well as mass media resources.

Andy Chandler
Andy Chandler

Criminals use malware that goes under the "Anunak" title and allows for organized targeted attacks at banks and e-payment systems. Malefactors can easily get into banks networks and gain access to secured payment systems. As a result, the money is stolen not from the customers, but from the bank itself. If malefactors gain access to state institutions' network, the goal is espionage.

When malefactors gain access to internal networks, they have total control over system administrators, record videos of key workers actions to understand how the work is organized. They then take control over e-mails to monitor internal communications and set up remote control to the network by changing its hardware parameters.

Experts discovered that hackers had access to cash machines management systems and could remotely infect them with malware for the purpose of getting money from them upon request in future.

In the report, Group-IB's and Fox-IT's experts describe in detail methods and software that were used by hackers, same methods and tools that can be used to protect networks and counter targeted attacks. 

Key features highlighted by Group-IB's and Fox-IT's experts:

  • Average theft in Russia and CIS countries for this group is 2 million US dollars.
  • Anunak group had access to more than 50 Russian banks, 5 payment systems, 16 retail companies. Most of the retail companies are outside of Russia, while not a single US/EU bank has been attacked.
  • As of now more than 1 billion rubles has been stolen by the group in total, most of that during the last 6 months.
  • Average time from the moment the group gains access to an internal network before the money is stolen equals 42 days.

Andy Chandler, Senior VP at Fox-IT said; "This is very serious and as soon as we could conclude our joint investigations we wanted to share the information and not just for our customers but everyone. They (Anunak) are very pro-active and at times innovating, when you look at the volumes of money, credit cards and intellectual property they have taken, this can only be described as a ‘professional' criminal campaign with a high level of success and please believe they are not going away anytime soon."       

Today, the Anunak group is still in operation which is why Group-IB and Fox-IT forecast an increase in the number of targeted attacks in 2015.

The full report is available here ANUNAK Report

About Group-IB
Group-IB is one of the leading international companies specializing in preventing and investigating high- tech cyber crimes and fraud. The company offers a range of services on preventing financial and reputational damages, consulting and auditing of information security systems, and on computer forensics. The company also develops a number of innovative software products Bot-Trek used to monitor, detect and prevent emerging cyber threats.

For more information please contact the PR Department, Group-IB:

Marina Koldomasova, Marketing Manager, Group-IB | +7 (495) 984 33 64  |  

About Fox -IT:
Fox-IT creates innovative cyber security solutions for a more secure society. We are dedicated to our clients, our values, and our integrity. Fox-IT delivers solutions before, during and after attacks.

InTELL is the real-time cyber intelligence product from Fox-IT. It provides a layered intelligence approach: actionable data feeds into operational risk decision systems. Real time threat information allows for tactical decisions and mitigation. InTELL provides a full real-time insight in the global threat landscape. We base our intelligence around actor attribution. This angle drives a unique visibility on online threats - InTELL sees threats before they enter the botnet. Information is delivered through our collaboration portal, alerting, and through automated feeds powered by industry standard transports.

For more information please contact the Marketing Director, InTELL, Fox-IT | +31 (0) 15 2847 999  |