Costaricto APT: Cyber mercenaries use previously undocumented malware

CostaRicto APT is targeting South Asian financial institutions and global entertainment companies with undocumented malware. Blackberry researchers have documented the activity of a hackers-for-hire group, dubbed CostaRicto, that has been spotted using a previously undocumented piece of malware to target South Asian financial institutions and global entertainment companies. “During the past six months, the BlackBerry … Continue reading Costaricto APT: Cyber mercenaries use previously undocumented malware

Mysterious APT Leaves Curious ‘KilllSomeOne’ Clue

Researchers are scratching their heads when it comes to unmasking a new advanced persistent threat (APT) group targeting non-governmental organizations in the Southeast Asian nation Myanmar (formerly Burma). Based on crude messages, such as “KilllSomeOne”, used in attack code strings, coupled with advanced deployment and targeting techniques, they say the APT has a split personality. … Continue reading Mysterious APT Leaves Curious ‘KilllSomeOne’ Clue

APT Groups Get Innovative — and More Dangerous — in Q3

In "curious" trend, more threat actors diversified their tool sets in the third quarter than usual. Even the most sophisticated advanced persistent threat groups (APT) tend to stick with old tactics, techniques, and procedures as long as they work. However, whenever needed, the groups can innovate in extremely dangerous ways. A threat campaign last quarter … Continue reading APT Groups Get Innovative — and More Dangerous — in Q3

Chinese APT Group Targets Media, Finance, and Electronics Sectors

Cybersecurity researchers on Tuesday uncovered a new espionage campaign targeting media, construction, engineering, electronics, and finance sectors in Japan, Taiwan, the U.S., and China. Linking the attacks to Palmerworm (aka BlackTech) — likely a China-based advanced persistent threat (APT) — Symantec's Threat Hunter Team said the first wave of activity associated with this campaign began … Continue reading Chinese APT Group Targets Media, Finance, and Electronics Sectors

Chinese Antivirus Firm Was Part of APT41 ‘Supply Chain’ Attack

The U.S. Justice Department this week indicted seven Chinese nationals for a decade-long hacking spree that targeted more than 100 high-tech and online gaming companies. The government alleges the men used malware-laced phishing emails and “supply chain” attacks to steal data from companies and their customers. One of the alleged hackers was first profiled here … Continue reading Chinese Antivirus Firm Was Part of APT41 ‘Supply Chain’ Attack