A cyberespionage group known for targeting diplomatic and government institutions has branched out into many other industries, including aviation, broadcasting, and finance, researchers warn.
Known as Patchwork, or Dropping Elephant, the group stands out not only through its use of simple scripts and ready-made attack tools, but also through its interest in Chinese foreign relations.
The group’s activities were documented earlier this month by researchers from Kaspersky Lab, who noted in their analysis that China’s foreign relations efforts appear to represent the main interest of the attackers.
In a new report Monday, researchers from Symantec said that the group’s recent attacks have also targeted companies and organizations from a broad range of industries: aviation, broadcasting, energy, financial, non-governmental organizations (NGO), pharmaceutical, public sector, publishing and software.
While most of Patchwork’s past victims were based in China and Asia, almost half of the recent targets observed by Symantec were