Nation States Distancing Themselves from APTs

By Tom Spring February 14, 2017




SAN FRANCISCO – Security researchers say a new trend in privateering is gaining traction among nation states, which are increasingly contracting with private companies to carry out state-sponsored attacks.


Typically APT attacks have been the work of internal government spy apparatuses, but outsourcing allows nation states to shift risk, dodge attribution claims and take advantage of more sophisticated APT tools available on the black market, according to a report by Cybereason’s Intelligence Unit, released Tuesday at the RSA Conference.


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