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Watching closely over 60 threat agents, who were responsible for digital attacks at a global level, the team of specialists of the company has written a a list of top emerging trends in the landscape of APT attacks. These include:
Fragmentation of larger APT groups: A growing number of smaller threat agents is likely to lead to more attacks targeting businesses. In addition, larger organizations are expected to face more attacks from a wider range of sources.
The proliferation of ART attacks in the "world" of digital criminals: The days when gangs of digital criminals focused exclusively on the theft of money by end-users have passed. Criminals are now directly attacking banks because that's where the money is. For this reason, they use APT techniques to implement complex attacks.
Targeting executives through hotel networks: Hotels are the perfect place to target high-ranking executives. OR team behind Darkhotel is one of the ART attacks that has been known to have turned against particular visitors during their stay in hotels.
Enhanced escape techniques: More and more APT groups will be worried about revealing their data. That is why they will take more advanced measures to protect their identity.
New data filtering methods: 2015, more teams are expected to use cloud services to make data editing (unauthorized data transfer from a computer) more unnoticed and more difficult to detect.
The use of "false flag": APT teams are expected to take advantage of the authorities' intent to "reveal the identities and intercept" those who are suspected of attacking, using "false flag" methods, through which the attack would appear to have been carried out by another person or entity.
"If 2014 can say that the attacks were" advanced, "then the evolution of 2015 can be said to be" inconceivable ". We believe that APT teams will evolve and become more "silent" and insidious in order to avoid their possible exposure. This year, we have already discovered APT agents using several zero-days software. We have also noticed new persistent and "silent" techniques. We have used these findings to develop and implement several new defense mechanisms for our product users, commented Costin Raiu, Director of Kaspersky Lab's Worldwide Research and Development Team.
More information on new trends in APT threats is available at Securelist blog.
Also, in YouTube you can watch a Kaspesky Lab video on the above issues.
For more information on key events that marked the 2014 threat landscape, please visit the website Securelist.com.
In addition, Kaspersky Lab today launches the "Targeted Cyber attack Logbook" interactive action, which records all complex digital campaigns or APT threats that have been investigated by the Worldwide Research and Analysis Team of the company. More details are available at apt.securelist.com.