Silk Typhoon

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Silk Typhoon, also known as Hafnium, is a state-sponsored threat actor originating from China. The group first came to prominence in March 2021 when it was linked to the exploitation of Microsoft Exchange Server vulnerabilities. This group has been particularly noted for its use of Exchange PowerShell snap-ins to export mailbox data, a technique that allows them to exfiltrate sensitive information undetected. The group's methods have evolved over time, with variations of their initial techniques observed in subsequent attacks. A key variation includes the use of Tarrask malware on Windows devices. This malware is designed to mask their malicious activities on infected endpoints and establish persistence, thereby allowing them to maintain access to compromised systems over extended periods. Given the sophistication of Silk Typhoon's techniques and its state sponsorship, it represents a significant cyber threat. Its ability to exploit zero-day flaws and adapt its methods indicates a high level of technical skill and strategic planning. As such, organizations are advised to remain vigilant and ensure that they implement robust security measures to protect against potential attacks from this group.
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HAFNIUM
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Hafnium, a China-aligned Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) group, has been identified as a significant cybersecurity threat. The group is known for exploiting vulnerabilities in software such as Microsoft Exchange Server and Zoho products. In 2021, Hafnium was actively exploiting a bug in the Microso
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TarraskUnspecified
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Tarrask is a malicious software (malware) that has been utilized by the threat actor group known as "HAFNIUM," also referred to as Silk Typhoon. This state-sponsored group, operating from China, uses Tarrask to establish persistent connections and conceal their malicious activity on infected Windows
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7 months ago
Q4 2023 Security Use Cases: Insights From Success Services
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a year ago
Nation-state actor targets govts in the Middle East and Africa using rare techniques
CERT-EU
a year ago
State-Backed Hackers Employ Advanced Methods to Target Middle Eastern and African Governments