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2/9/2018
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Kelly Sheridan
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8 Nation-State Hacking Groups to Watch in 2018

The aliases, geographies, famous attacks, and behaviors of some of the most prolific threat groups.
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APT35
Also known as: Newscaster, Charming Kitten
Believed to operate out of: Middle East - specifically Iran
Usual targets: Global range but recent focus is on Middle East, particularly Saudi Arabia and Israel
Behavior: 'They've been carrying out global incidents,' says Hultquist. 'We've seen some overlap between them and destructive incidents and haven't been able to completely connect the two.'
APT35 focuses on social engineering through social networks. Attackers create fake personae in social networks and use them to infiltrate organizations by sending links to employees. Unlike email, which typically has built-in defenses, social media is less monitored and businesses don't have as much control. While the group's targets have shifted as relations between the US and Iran have improved, Hultquist anticipates we'll see more of them going forward.
(Image: Ixpert via Shutterstock)

APT35

Also known as: Newscaster, Charming Kitten

Believed to operate out of: Middle East - specifically Iran

Usual targets: Global range but recent focus is on Middle East, particularly Saudi Arabia and Israel

Behavior: "They've been carrying out global incidents," says Hultquist. "We've seen some overlap between them and destructive incidents and haven't been able to completely connect the two."

APT35 focuses on social engineering through social networks. Attackers create fake personae in social networks and use them to infiltrate organizations by sending links to employees. Unlike email, which typically has built-in defenses, social media is less monitored and businesses don't have as much control. While the group's targets have shifted as relations between the US and Iran have improved, Hultquist anticipates we'll see more of them going forward.

(Image: Ixpert via Shutterstock)

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2/9/2018 | 1:38:49 PM
Would have Added the Shadow Brokers to this list
I enjoyed this list, but feel like is was mostly focused on outed Russian and NKorean actors over the last year.  I would have definitely added the Shadow Brokers to this list.  The stolen tools they put out on the open market appear to be legite nation-state level tools that were easily weaponized, allegedly by one or more of the groups listed here, in WannaCry and NOTPetya.  Would definitely keep your threat research team focused on if any more of the tools they may have are dropped on the open market.  
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