Chinese hackers caught spying on Russian defence institutes
A minimum of two research institutes in Russia and third likely in Belarus have suffered an espionage attack carried out by a Chinese nation-state advanced persistent threat grout (APT).
Codenamed “Twisted Panda,” the attacks come in the wake of Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine, an event that has prompted many threat actors to switch tactics and stage opportunistic attacks.
Check Point, an Israeli cybersecurity firm, disclosed details of the latest intelligence-gathering operation, attributing it to a Chinese threat actor.
The cybersecurity firm described the attacks as “a long-running espionage operation against Russian-related entities that has been in operation since at least June 2021,” most recent traces of the activity is said to have been observed as recently as April 2022.
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