Facebook Disrupts Palestinian APT Activities

                                            Cybercrime as-a-service
                                                            Cyberwarfare / Nation-State Attacks
                                                            Endpoint Security
                    Social Media Large says 2 Teams Have been Conducting Cyberespionage
                                                Akshaya Asokan (asokan_akshaya)                                                    •
                        April 25, 2021     


                    Facebook says it has disrupted the actions of two Palestinian superior persistent menace teams that focused victims throughout the Center East as a part of cyber espionage campaigns.

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Fb menace intelligence analysts say they found campaigns linked to AridViper, an espionage group that has been lively since 2015, and Preventive Safety Service, which is linked to the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s intelligence providers.
The teams used Android and Home windows malware and superior social engineering ways to focus on journalists, human rights activists and navy teams in Palestine, Syria, Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon and Libya for cyber espionage, Fb says.
David Agranovich, Fb's director for menace disruption, instructed the Independent newspaper that Fb accounts related to the hacking networks, together with downloading of malware, had been cancelled and it had notified targets and shared the findings with different tech corporations to stop distribution of malware. 
Though Fb disrupted APTs'  infrastructures, it warns the teams might revive their actions quickly.

"To disrupt each these operations, we took down their accounts, launched malware hashes, blocked domains related to their exercise and alerted individuals who we imagine had been focused by these teams to assist them safe their (Fb) accounts," Fb says.

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