Hackers breached the server of a major contractor working on behalf of the Russian intelligence service before stealing 7.5TB of sensitive data and sharing this freely with other hackers and journalists.
Attackers infiltrated the company network of SyTech on 13 July, according to BBC Russia, and began a process of copying data while deleting masses of it. Much of this included detailed information about sensitive government IT projects commissioned by the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB).
There at least 20 non-public SyTech projects detailed in the trove of documents stolen, stretching back to 2009. These include Nautilus-S, in which Tor traffic is de-anonymised with the help of rogue Tor servers, and Mentor, which involves monitoring and searching emails that sit on servers belonging to Russian organisations.