Cyber Espionage

A North Korean cyber-espionage group has exploited an ActiveX zero-day to infect South Korean targets with malware or steal data from compromised systems, local media and security researchers have reported. The perpetrators of these attacks are known as the Andariel Group. According to a report authored by South Korean cyber-security firm AhnLab, the Andariel Group […]

(Reuters) – A U.S. federal judge on Wednesday dismissed two lawsuits by Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab that sought to overturn bans on the use of the security software maker’s products in U.S. government networks. FILE PHOTO: The logo of the anti-virus firm Kaspersky Lab is seen at its headquarters in Moscow, Russia September 15, 2017. REUTERS/Sergei […]

As Kim Jong-un speaks publicly about nuclear disarmament, North Korea’s hacker army continues to launch cyberattacks against different businesses across Asia, Europe and the U.S., according to private sector analysts and former U.S. officials. Experts from several cybersecurity firms — Dell SecureWorks, McAfee, Symantec, FireEye and Recorded Future — all told CyberScoop that activity from […]

Information Warfare: An Attack on Democracy Jason Scott Introduction According to the British Spy Service, MI5, espionage is “the process of obtaining information that is not normally publicly available, using human sources (agents) or technical means (like hacking into computer systems). It may also involve seeking to influence decision-makers and opinion-influencers to benefit the interests […]

In 1999, a 15-year-old who called himself “c0mrade” hacked his way into NASA’s computers and stole $1.7 million worth of software that controlled the International Space Station. For his misdeeds, the teen was sentenced to six months in jail and was ordered to write a letter to the head of NASA saying he was sorry, […]

LAGOS, Nigeria–Kaspersky Lab researchers have uncovered a sophisticated threat used for cyber-espionage in the Middle East and Africa from at least 2012 until February 2018. The malware, which researchers have called ‘Slingshot’, attacks and infects victims through compromised routers and can run in kernel mode, giving it complete control over victim devices. According to researchers, […]

Turla cyberespionage group switched to open-source malware The Turla cyberespionage group has implemented some new tactics over the last few months incorporating some open-source exploitation tools instead of relying solely on their own creations to run campaigns. ESET researchers found that starting in March the Turla has been leveraging the open-source framework Metasploit to drop […]

Somewhere, government-linked hackers might be panicking. A digital vigilante has struck back against what researchers believe is a cyberespionage group connected to a nation state. The hacker has allegedly stolen, rather ironically, a cache of data that the government-linked hackers lifted from their own victims across the Middle East. The news provides a rare instance […]

Much has been made in the news by governments identifying the serious threats of state-sponsored or directed actors, also known as advanced persistent threats (APT)  Indeed, both security vendors as well as online and print news outlets continually draw attention to various suspected governments involved in cyber espionage activities, and in some more limited incidents, […]