New trend: the emergence of small groups of cyber-mercenaries available for hire to perform surgical hit and run operations
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"For the past few years, we've seen a number of APTs hitting pretty much all types of victims and sectors. In most cases, attackers maintain a foothold in corporate and governmental networks for years, smuggling out terabytes of sensitive information," said Costin Raiu, Director,
-- Based on the profiles of identified targets, the attackers appear
to have an interest in the following sectors: military,
shipbuilding and maritime operations, computer and software
development, research companies, telecom operators, satellite
operators, mass media and television.
-- Research indicates the attackers were interested targeting defense
industry contractors such as
Company, ship-building companies such as DSME Tech, Hanjin Heavy
Industries, telecom operators such as
companies such as Fuji TV and the
-- The attackers hijack sensitive documents and company plans,
e-mail account credentials, and passwords to access various
resources inside and outside the victim's network.
-- During the operation, the attackers use the "Icefog" backdoor
set (also known as "Fucobha").
versions of Icefog for both Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X.
-- While in most other APT campaigns, victims remain infected for
months or even years and attackers continuously steal data, Icefog
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