Kaspersky researchers reported that the attack featured a new strain of malware centered around a backdoor that aims to take over user devices. (Alexxsun/CC BY-SA 4.0)

The notorious hacker-for-hire APT group DeathStalker was detected in the United States for the first time this year, Kaspersky has confirmed. Prior to today’s report, the group had mostly been observed in Europe and Asia.

In a release posted earlier today, Kaspersky researchers also reported that the attack featured a new strain of malware from DeathStalker that was spotted in the wild. The malware centers around a backdoor that the researchers dubbed PowerPepper, which aims to take over user devices.

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