Strider

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Strider, also known as ProjectSauron, is a threat actor that has been active since at least October 2011. This group represents one of the most advanced cyberespionage actors in the cybersecurity landscape, comparable to other high-profile groups like Equation, Regin, Duqu, and Careto. Strider demonstrates technical competency by creating custom malware tools, such as the modular Remsec malware, which allows them to operate under the radar, making their activities harder to detect. Their use of Lua modules, a technique previously used by another threat group, Flamer, suggests possible links between these entities. The group's activities came into sharper focus following a report from Strider Technologies, which exposed how Chinese scientists managed to obtain valuable R&D data from Los Alamos, home to the U.S. government’s state-of-the-art laboratories. Strider has shown a highly selective approach in choosing its targets, with evidence of infections found in only 36 computers across seven organizations. The group primarily targets regions including China, Russia, and Europe, demonstrating a broad geographical scope for its operations. Symantec, a leading cybersecurity company, has been actively analyzing Strider's activities and continues to search for more Remsec modules and targets to enhance their understanding of the group and improve customer protection. One notable discovery is that one of Strider's targets had previously been infected by Regin, another sophisticated threat actor. This ongoing research and analysis are crucial in combating Strider's stealthy and technically proficient cyberespionage activities.
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ProjectSauron
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ProjectSauron, also known as Strider, is an exceptionally sophisticated cyber-espionage platform. It represents the pinnacle of advanced threat actors, comparable in complexity and sophistication to other notable threats such as Equation, Regin, Duqu, and Careto. The platform's design allows it to e
Flamer
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Espionage
Chinese
Singapore
Symantec
Malware
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DuquUnspecified
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Duqu is a sophisticated piece of malware that was first discovered in the wild exploiting a zero-day vulnerability (CVE-2011-3402). It's closely related to the notorious Stuxnet worm, which infected thousands of computers across 155 countries and caused significant damage to Iran’s nuclear-enrichmen
RemsecUnspecified
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Remsec is a sophisticated, stealthy malware primarily designed for espionage activities. It was reported to be active for over five years, successfully infiltrating and extracting information from air-gapped government networks. This modular backdoor is known for its advanced features and capabiliti
ReginUnspecified
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Regin is a highly sophisticated malware, often compared to other top-tier cyberespionage tools such as Duqu, Flame, Equation, and ProjectSauron. Malware is a malicious software designed to exploit and damage computers or devices, often infiltrating systems through suspicious downloads, emails, or we
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CERT-EU
10 months ago
New ‘Sandman’ APT Group Hitting Telcos With Rare LuaJIT Malware
CERT-EU
a year ago
Oro för ”farligt budskap” om Sverige missar Nato-deadline
MITRE
a year ago
ProjectSauron: top level cyber-espionage platform covertly extracts encrypted government comms
MITRE
a year ago
Endpoint Protection - Symantec Enterprise
CERT-EU
a year ago
China Has Been Waging a Decades-Long, All-Out Spy War