Tag Archives: cyber espionage

Verizon: Cyber Espionage, Privilege Misuse, Miscellaneous Errors as Top 3 Breach Patterns in Public Sector

A new Verizon report says cyber espionage, error by insiders and privilege misuse accounted for 72 percent of data breaches in the public sector. Verizon analyzed over 41K security incidents and more than 2K data breaches from 86 countries for the 2019 Data Breach Investigations Report and found that 16 percent of breaches occurred in the public sector.

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Symantec: ‘Seedworm’ Cyber Espionage Group Uses Backdoor to Launch Attacks on Agencies, Telecoms

Symantec has found that a new cyber espionage group called Seedworm has started launch cyber attacks on dozens of government agencies, telecommunications, multinational organizations, oil and gas firms and other institutions worldwide since late September. Seedworm, also known as Zagos or Muddywater, collects intelligence data on targets across the Middle …

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Symantec: ‘Gallmaker’ Cyber Attack Group Uses ‘Living off the Land’ Tactics to Avoid Detection

Symantec has identified a new cyber espionage group dubbed Gallmaker that launches attacks on some government, defense and military organizations in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. The company said Thursday the Gallmaker group uses publicly available hacking tools and “living off the land” techniques to access targeted computers and …

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Symantec: ‘Thrip’ Cyber Espionage Group Evades Detection Through Legitimate IT Admin Tools

Symantec has found that a cyber espionage group called Thrip uses legitimate network administration and operating system tools to avoid detection and deploys custom malware to launch attacks on defense, satellite communications, geospatial imaging and telecommunications companies in the U.S. and Southeast Asia. The company said Tuesday its research team …

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Lookingglass Report: Russia Backed Cyber Attacks on Ukrainian Gov’t Leaders

A report by Lookingglass Cyber Solutions‘ cyber threat intelligence group claims Russia is behind a cyber warfare and espionage campaign against government, law enforcement and military officials in Ukraine. The company said Tuesday the “Operation Armageddon: Cyber Espionage as a Strategic Component of Russian Modern Warfare” report discusses findings from its independent investigation …

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McAfee Exposes Massive Cyber Espionage Operation

Researchers from McAfee say they have uncovered one of the largest series of cyber espionage activities to date.  According to a report released today called “Operation Shady RAT,” some 72 organizations and governments around the world fell victim to a massive,  five-year long cyber attack carried out by an unnamed, …

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New Zealand to Fight Cyber Terrorists, Hacktivists

The government in New Zealand has launched an initiative to stop cyber crime, espionage, online terrorist recruitment and even hacktivism, The New Zealand Herald reports.   Communications Minister Steven Joyce yesterday announced the cybersecurity strategy document detailing the government’s response to a “growing cyber threat.” The strategy calls for the …

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Australia's Spy Agency Stands Up Cyber Espionage Team

Australia’s intelligence agency, ASIO, has created a unit to handle cyber attacks on security and business computer systems by foreign enemies, according to The Australian. Attorney-General Robert McClelland detailed the government’s worries about the cyber threat in a speech yesterday, saying the explosion of cyberspace has expanded infinitely the opportunities …

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Report: Foreign Spying Focused on US Naval Technology

The Department of Defense in a new report about espionage in 2009 said foreign governments are focusing their spying efforts on naval and marine technology that could provide the foundation for a next generation “blue water” navy. Kaspersky’s ThreatPost reports the revelation comes in the 2010 edition of “Targeting U.S. …

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