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Indian APT-the Patchwork group is attacking the world's governments

Indian APT-the Patchwork group is attacking the world's governments

by sigismund » 2016-07-09 21:57:05


in Spite of the poor technical ability of hackers from Patchwork, their campaigns differ impressive efficiency.


The researchers Cymmetria reported on the new APT-a band called Patchwork. The activity of the organization was first recorded in December 2015, and since her victims were 2.5 million users. According to experts, the Patchwork could start its activities in 2014.

Attackers mostly attack government institutions and related companies worldwide, including USA, Europe, South Asia, Asia Pacific and the middle East. According to experts, cybercriminals are most likely Hindu in origin is very unusual, since APT-groupings typically associate with China and Russia, but not India.
According to experts, despite very limited technical capabilities of hackers from Patchwork, their campaigns differ impressive efficiency. The group got its name (patchwork technique of sewing of fabric scraps) for use in developing their tools and malware FOR a variety of codes, taken from various sources (online forums, GitHub and black market).

According to one of the founders of Cymmetria Dean Sisman (Dean Sysman), it was difficult to detect the malware used by the attackers in the second phase of the campaign. Hackers used the malware only when convinced in getting sustainability on the victim's system.
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