Chinese-Speaking Cyberespionage Targetting Vietnam And Malaysia

Kaspersky, the global cybersecurity company has been closely monitoring the infamous cyberespionage group APT10 and has detected a new wave of attacks potentially targetting health and medical facilities in Malaysia and Vietnam.

The malware used in the two countries is different from the known tricks APT10 is known for but the ultimate goal is the same – to steal confidential information from the infected machines.

APT10 also known as MenuPass, StonePanda, ChessMaster, Cloud Hopper and Red Apollo, is known for high profile attacks against industries such as information and technology, government and defence, telecommunications, academic, medical, healthcare and pharmaceutical.

“We have been monitoring several operations of APT10, particularly in Japan where they caused information leakage and serious reputational damage. They are known in the industry for their stealthy and large-scale cyberespionage campaigns, always hungry for confidential information and trade secrets. Now, they are expanding their geography of attacks towards Southeast Asia, setting eyes on medical organisations and associations in Malaysia and Vietnam,” reveals Suguru Ishimaru, Security Researcher at Kaspersky.

Healthcare Defence Against APT10

Kaspersky suggests that healthcare companies should consider getting security solutions beyond anti-virus. Preferably, a solution built around a Machine Learning core and also, real-time and comprehensive threat intelligence services which can build an organisation’s immunity against unseen cyberattacks.

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