Security researchers have sharply criticized the government in the past for not offering enough detail and guidance about ongoing cyberthreats, but a recent government advisory on the North Korean advanced persistent threat (APT) group Kimsuky offered some of the best actionable guidance to security teams that some researchers have seen in a long time.

The joint cybersecurity advisory from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the U.S. Cyber Command Cyber National Mission Force (CNMF) “contains many details about cyber threats that defenders could take action on,” Katie Nickels, director of intelligence at Red Canary. “It provides both behavior-based details as well as indicators of compromise from both the endpoint and network perspectives, which would allow defenders with various collections and visibility to identify these threats.”

The latest joint cybersecurity advisory found that the APT group, which likely has been operating since 2012, is most likely tasked by the North Korean regime with a global intelligence-gathering mission.

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