(Reuters) – Hackers have spent up to three years breaking into organizations by targeting surveillance software from the French company Centreon, the French cyber security watchdog said on Monday. identify the hackers but said they had a similar function to the Russian cyber espionage group nicknamed "Sandworm."
ANSSI, Centreon and the Russian Embassy in Paris did not immediately return messages for comment.
The direction of Centreon, a Paris-based company specializing in monitoring information technology, further highlights how attractive such companies are to digital spies.
US cyber security officials are still trying to get hold of an ambitious espionage campaign that hijacked IT surveillance software manufactured by Austin, Texas-based SolarWinds. US officials, who have blamed Moscow for the hacking, have indicated that other companies have been affected in a similar way.
The first vector of the infringement campaign targeting the Centreon software was unknown, ANSSI said in a 40-page report published on its website. It said it had detected intrusions from the end of 201
The watchdog did not identify the names or number of victims involved but said they were mainly IT service companies as web hosts.
Centreon's website states that it has more than 600 corporate clients worldwide, including the French Ministry of Justice.