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8 Active APT Groups To Watch

Ever wonder who's behind some of the attacks we hear about in the news? Here are eight advanced persistent threat (APT) groups that operate some of the most successful and well-known malware campaigns worldwide.
Angler-EK
Black Vine
Butterfly
Dragonfly
GovRAT
Pawn Storm
Regin
Waterbug
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Question: What do the following industries have in common?

Aerospace, Aviation, Energy, Healthcare, Pharmaceutical, Technology, Law Practices, Oil, Precious Metal Mining, Defense, Government Officials, Military Officials, NATO, Embassies, Education and Research Facilities, Large Enterprises, and Large Brands

Answer: They have all been a target of active cyber espionage, or advanced persistent threat (APT), groups.

As information security professionals, it’s critical that we understand just how APT attacks can affect the organization. It’s equally imperative that we first have an understanding of the people, organizations, and nations behind the methods, the motives, and the malware targeting us.

Here's a look at eight active APT group profiles, including their:

  • Date of origin
  • Location of origin
  • Attack methods
  • Typical targets
  • Motive(s)

Note: A huge thank you goes out to InfoArmor, Symantec, and Trend Micro for their contributions to this collection.

 
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