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Researchers reveal details of active 'Comfoo' cyberespionage campaign
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Fri, 2 Aug 2013 13:01:29 +0000 (UTC)
By Charlie Osborne
August 2, 2013
A cyberespionage campaign which targeted the RSA in 2010 is still active
and targeting networks worldwide.
Dell SecureWorks researchers Joe Stewart and Don Jackson have released a
new threat intelligence report documenting the "Comfoo" remote access
trojan (RAT) -- malware used to infiltrate corporate and governmental
networks across the globe.
The so-called Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) attack is simply one of
many that organizations are scrambling to defend against as cyberthreats
become more sophisticated, and in some cases, state-sponsored.
Corporations and governments rely heavily upon digital networks to store
valuable data. Bank accounts, national security data, trade secrets and
confidential governmental programs are only some targets which can be
lucrative for a hacker to acquire -- whether for personal gain or on a
competitor's orders. As a result, the cybercrime market is booming -- and
we often see reports of household name businesses and agencies gaining
APT attacks stand apart from garden variety script-kiddies or low-profile
fraudulent schemes. Those behind APT attacks are often well-trained and
have access to resources and funding. As data from corporations and
governments can be so valuable, with the time and money to spend, hackers
are able to "exercise virtually unlimited patience in penetrating and
persisting inside their specific target's network until they accomplish
their goals," according to the researchers.
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- Researchers reveal details of active 'Comfoo' cyberespionage campaign InfoSec News (Aug 02)