A new wave of advanced persistent threat (APT) activities were discovered during the first three months of 2018 in Asia and the Middle East, as per Kaspersky Lab’s latest quarterly threat intelligence summary.
In the first quarter of 2018, Kaspersky Lab researchers continued to detect cyber activities by APT groups speaking languages including Russian, Chinese, English and Korean, among others. While some well-known actors didn’t show any noteworthy activity, a rising number of APT operations and new threat actors were detected in the Asian region.
The report highlighted a constant rise of Chinese-speaking activity, including the ShaggyPanther cluster of activity targeting government entities mainly in Taiwan and Malaysia, and CardinalLizard, which, in 2018, increased its interest in Malaysia alongside an existing focus on the Philippines, Russia, and Mongolia.
In terms of South Asia, it was observed that Pakistan military entities have been under attack from the newly-discovered Sidewinder group.