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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
Zero Day
ZDNet News
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 cybercriminal attention.

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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