APT28 has shifted its primary operation away from election interference and is instead actively conducting cyberespionage campaigns against government and military organizations in Europe and South America.
Symantec noted this shift in activity in a new report which showed APT28, aka Fancy Bear, was not deterred from conducting illicit activity even after being named as the group behind an attempt to influence the 2016 election cycle. Instead, starting in 2017 and continuing into this year, APT28 has initiated intelligence gathering cyber operations against a well-known international organization, military and government targets in Europe, a South American government and an embassy belonging to an Eastern European country.
APT28 is using several hacking tools to accomplish its missions. This includes APT28 Sofacy as its primary go-to weapon. Sofacty has two main components. Trojan.Sofacy, also known as Seduploader, that performs basic reconnaissance on a targeted computer and can download further malware and Backdoor.SofacyX (also known as X-Agent) which is a second stage info-stealing malware. And to cover all its bases APT28 also uses the Mac version OSX.Sofacy.
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