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1/22/2014
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Politically Motivated Cyberattackers Adopt New Tactics

Organized cybergroups from China, Syria, and Russia are finding new ways to breach enterprises, CrowdStrike reports.

Organized and politically motivated cyberattackers are changing their methods, finding new, less direct methods of launching targeted attacks on enterprises and government agencies, according to a report issued Tuesday.

The report by threat intelligence company CrowdStrike offers a detailed look at the motivations, methods, and practices of five organized cyberattack groups -- including the Syrian Electronic Army as well as groups in China, Iran, and Russia -- during 2013.

The methods of these politically motivated groups are changing, according to the report. While targeted attacks historically have begun with phishing attacks directly on members of the targeted organization, more sophisticated groups are using more indirect methods -- attacking third parties and collecting information from targeted users by infecting their favorite websites.

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1/23/2014 | 5:00:07 PM
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Interesting finding here: Organized cybergroups  are now using strategic Web compromises (SWC), -- sometimes called "watering holes" -- which are legitimate websites that have been infected by an attacker in order to steal the personal data of those who frequent the site. For example, an attacker looking to collect data on political officials might infect the site of a conference or event that is attended by those officials.
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