New research from Cisco Talos suggests a second tier of APT actors serving in a support role for government hacking campaigns, behaving more like cybercriminals. 

new analysis of the noisy pro-Russian hackers Gamaredon released Tuesday by Cisco Talos suggests that maybe it is time to start thinking of hacker groups as more than either advanced persistent threat or criminal attackers. 

It’s already well established that some APTs operate as criminals. Several international governments, including the United States, have identified North Korean state-sponsored hackers as stealing on behalf of the government, and other groups have been identified by vendors as state-sponsored groups with actors who occasionally freelance as criminals.

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