Fancy Bear

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Fancy Bear (not to be confused with Cozy Bear, Venomous Bear, or Voodoo Bear) gained notoriety following reports of the group’s involvement in the Great DNC Hack of 2016, as well as a series of cyberattacks on Emmanuel Macron's campaign websites in the run-up to the 2017 French Presidential elections. Ever since, the cybersecurity community has been observing the group’s attacks far beyond the US and Western Europe.

Fancy Bear has a long history of committing sophisticated phishing attacks against high-value targets in the news media, dissident movements, the defence industry, and foreign political parties.

  • Allegiance: Russia
  • Active since: 2005
  • Best known for: 2016 DNC and Podesta leaks, attacks on anti-doping agencies in 2019