Kaspersky Lab Unmasks the History of Cyber Espionage in the APAC region

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Kaspersky
Lab Unmasks the History of Cyber Espionage in the APAC region
17 October 2017
Equipped with detailed histories of previous
cyber espionage attacks against countries in the Asia Pacific, Kaspersky Lab
today exposes the current state of the cyber espionage threat landscape in the
region.
Kaspersky Lab’s cybersecurity researcher Vitaly
Kamluk reveals that the global cybersecurity company has already
published 
reports about cyber espionage campaigns waged against businesses
and organizations in the APAC region since
 the 2010.
“While modern hackers are not keeping records
of their attacks, cybersecurity researchers are thoroughly documenting their
tracks to understand their techniques and predict their next moves. After the
infamous Stuxnet worm in 2010, Kaspersky Lab experts have witnessed a
significant number of high-profile cyber espionage attacks singling out
countries in the Asia Pacific region,”
 says Kamluk, Kaspersky Lab’s Director of Global Research
and Analysis Team (GReAT) in APAC.
During the first Kaspersky Lab APAC CyberSecurity
Weekend in Malaysia in 2015, Kaspersky Lab researchers have predicted the
evolution of targeted attacks and expansion of cyber sabotage incidents in the
region. The next few months saw Kaspersky Lab monitoring a wave of
cyberespionage attacks across APAC and the Far East regions, discovering cyber
spies infecting all range of mobile devices and slowly targeting businesses and
infrastructure.
“Cyberespionage, a subset of intelligence
activities in cyberspace, is covert in nature. The new generation of spies are
not doing physical James Bond-style operations anymore — they are regular
software developers and system operators. Their achievements remain in the
darkness until researchers like Kaspersky’s GReAT discover and document their
activities. The attackers are not writing the history of cyberattacks, but
researchers do. And it doesn’t come as easy as making documentaries or writing
memoirs. The work of researchers require high concentration and solving of
multiple difficult logical problems on the way, which is why these stories are
so valuable,”
 explains Kamluk.
It’s long-standing commitment to cybersecurity
research is one of the reasons why Kaspersky Lab continues to link up with
industry leaders to help develop cybersecurity solutions across sectors. 
Kaspersky Lab’s current collaboration with the
National University of Singapore (NUS) turns a new leaf in the cybersecurity
company’s research efforts in Asia as the two entities endeavor to create a
groundbreaking technology that will efficiently help malware analysts and
security response teams understand malware used in cyber attacks and identify
attackers as swiftly as possible.
Their research project titled, “Malware Source
Attribution through Multi-Dimensional Code Feature Analysis” is an innovative
and practical approach to speed up the research of cybersecurity professionals
in tracing APT malware codes and tracking hackers. It is among nine cyber
security research projects recently granted funding by the Singapore government
because of its significance to create impact in Singapore and potential to be
used in people’s lives.
In the quest to analyze attacks and follow the
trail of hackers, today’s cybersecurity experts normally collect evidence only
after an incident happens. These malware artefacts are then analyzed and placed
in juxtaposition with the history of malware attacks to establish the possible
origins of threats actors responsible for the attack.
The development of the Kaspersky Lab-NUS
research project is expected to further aid in improving the investigation of
and heightening the protection against complex cyber attacks in the future.
“Our detailed records of previously active and
still active APTs and cyber espionage groups eyeing state secrets, corporate
data, and even money from the Asian countries are clear evidences of the
existence of cyberespionage campaigns in the region. As majority of APAC
countries are in their infant stage of gearing up their defenses against more
sophisticated online threats, we at Kaspersky Lab urge the public and private
sectors to work together in fast tracking cybersecurity laws and measures that
will guard their cyberspace. A cyber espionage is borderless. It is no longer a
question of possibility, it is now a question of when and how worst an attack
will be,”
 warns Kamluk.
About Kaspersky Lab
Kaspersky Lab is a global cybersecurity
company celebrating its 20 year anniversary in 2017. Kaspersky Lab’s deep
threat intelligence and security expertise is constantly transforming into
security solutions and services to protect businesses, critical infrastructure,
governments and consumers around the globe. The company’s comprehensive
security portfolio includes leading endpoint protection and a number of
specialized security solutions and services to fight sophisticated and evolving
digital threats. Over 400 million users are protected by Kaspersky Lab
technologies and we help 270,000 corporate clients protect what matters most to
them. Learn more at
 www.kaspersky.com.

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