In the span of just over three months, researchers have exposed three mercenary, “hacker-for-hire” groups engaging in industrial espionage and stealing corporate secrets for profit.
Despite using tactics, techniques and procedures that are more typical of a nation-state ATP group, these threat actors – Dark Basin, DeathStalker and an unnamed third entity group detailed late last month by Bitdefender – appear to have no government sponsor. Instead, they offer their cyber spying services to the highest bidder, in the form of organizations or individuals who seek intelligence on their business competition or their perceived enemies.
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