Microsoft Wins Court Decision, Blocks “Fancy Bears” to Trademarks and Computers

In the recent news reports online, giant tech company Microsoft won the decision against a huge hacking group in Russia in a courthouse in the United States on Tuesday. The court handed the final decision that disallows the alleged Russian hackers in accessing the trademarks of the company.

They recognize the group as “Fancy Bears” that allegedly hacked the “command and control” of Microsoft, which made a decision to file a lawsuit against them.

According to the latest news of Reuters, a US-based courthouse made a decision to disallow or block the alleged “Fancy Bears” from the Russian hackers who intruded the trademarks of giant tech firm Microsoft. Judge Gerald Bruce Lee made a decision favoring the company and permanently banning the hackers or group from accessing the computers and using the trademarks of Microsoft.

Judge Lee is from the US District Court that ruled the decision filed at the Eastern District in Virginia.

Based on the information from the court’s decision, “Fancy Bears” or also known as Strontium and APT28 can no longer send malicious virus or code from the users of Microsoft, unless they have the exact permission to do so. The Russian hacking group had been infecting hundreds or thousands of Microsoft computers and so the decision somehow gave the tech company a decent protection for the benefits of their valued customers.

The news report added that the ruling includes blocking the group from stealing data from the clients, operating, configuring, deploying or joining in or facilitating a command and control infrastructure, as detailed online.

There are also reports that these Russian-based hackers are responsible in intruding the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). The revelation came from the provided document from the courthouse on Wednesday.

The alleged Russian hackers intruded the IAAF of which the organization revealed last April and confirming the involvement of the “Fancy Bears.” According to the information from IAAF, the hackers successfully downloaded, stored and released the confidential Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE) documents of the athletes, the news added.

In 2016, the group likewise hacked the WADA documents containing the personal information of popular athletes and revealing that they are using banned drugs, which are not allowed by the TUE. Most of the mentioned athletes then are well-known tennis players in the world.

Furthermore, they are blaming the group for the issue about the revealed confidential data from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) during the presidential election in United States last year.

“It is further ordered that defendants are in default, and that judgment is awarded in favor of Microsoft and against defendants,” stated by the US District Court for the Eastern District as quoted by southafricartoday.net.

 

Another possible reason why the courthouse easily favored the giant tech company is that the representatives of the hacking group did not attend the hearing.

Based on the report of the Daily Beast, the ruling of the court permitted Microsoft in taking over the “command and control” domains of the hacking group, which the investigation proved they utilized to hack the computers of their targeted victims. The giant tech firm already controlled almost 70 spots of the “command and control” from the Russian hackers.

However, the company is taking control of the internal domains and not on the physical servers of “Fancy Bears.” Because they are using replicas of Microsoft’s official logos, they successfully victimized many computer users who provided their login details through the executed phishing scams.

The report of the Daily Beast added that despite the attempt of Microsoft to send legal documents via the email of the hacking group, they did not cooperate or responded. The company likewise proved that they were able to open the messages, but ignored them.