Operation Aurora

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Operation Aurora, also known as APT17, is a notorious malware operation that began in 2009 and is considered one of the most sophisticated cyberattacks ever conducted. It specializes in supply chain attacks, which are attempts to damage an organization by targeting less-secure elements in its supply network. The malware, a harmful program designed to exploit and damage computer systems or devices, infiltrates systems via suspicious downloads, emails, or websites, often unbeknownst to the user. Once inside, it can steal personal information, disrupt operations, or even hold data hostage for ransom. In 2010, Operation Aurora gained significant attention when it launched a series of cyberattacks from China that specifically targeted U.S. private sector companies. The attackers were advanced persistent threats (APTs), a class of cybercriminals known for their persistence, sophistication, and long-term approach to exploiting their targets. These attacks underscored the growing threat posed by state-sponsored cybercrime and raised concerns about the vulnerability of critical infrastructure and sensitive corporate data. As of 2017, evidence suggested that the same threat actor behind Operation Aurora was still active, indicating the potential for ongoing supply chain attacks. This longevity highlights the stealth and resilience of this type of cyber threat, suggesting that there may be many other similar attacks by the same group that remain undetected. As such, the enduring presence of Operation Aurora serves as a stark reminder of the importance of robust cybersecurity measures in today's digital landscape.
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Aurora
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Aurora is a type of malware designed to exploit and damage computer systems, often through suspicious downloads, emails, or websites. It has been used in a series of high-profile cyber-attacks over the years, with notable instances such as Operation Aurora in 2009, which targeted major technology co
APT17
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APT17, also known as Tailgator Team and Deputy Dog, is a threat actor suspected to be affiliated with the Chinese intelligence apparatus. This group has been associated with various aliases including Winnti, PassCV, Axiom, LEAD, BARIUM, Wicked Panda, and GREF. The primary targets of APT17 are the U.
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MITRE
a year ago
Stealing US business secrets: Experts ID two huge cyber 'gangs' in China
InfoSecurity-magazine
4 months ago
Report Slams Microsoft Security Failures in Government Email Breach
CERT-EU
a year ago
Maintaining Focus on Cyber Risks (Part II of IV)
CERT-EU
5 months ago
Complete Guide to Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) Security
CERT-EU
7 months ago
MY TAKE: Rising geopolitical tensions suggest a dire need for tighter cybersecurity in 2024 | The Last Watchdog
CERT-EU
7 months ago
MY TAKE: Rising geopolitical tensions suggest a dire need for tighter cybersecurity in 2024
CERT-EU
a year ago
How Zero Trust Changed the Course of Cybersecurity | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #ransomware – National Cyber Security Consulting
MITRE
a year ago
Operation Aurora: Supply Chain Attack Through CCleaner - Intezer
CERT-EU
10 months ago
Connect the Dots on State-Sponsored Cyber Incidents - Operation Aurora