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China-Linked APT15 Used Myriad of New Tools To Hack UK Government Contractor


CANCUN, Mexico – Researchers atNCC Group have discovered multiple backdoors ona UK government contractor’s computer systems designed to steal sensitive government and military data. The hack is tied to China-linked cyber espionage group APT15, which researchers said is utilizing many new tools to carry out its attacks.

According to researchers, theAPT15 group was able to deploy three backdoors – identified as RoyalCli, RoyalDNS andBS2005 – on an unnamed UK contractor’s systems. These backdoors helped the threat actor collect data related to the UK government’s military technology. The networks were compromised from May 2016 until late 2017 and infected over 30 contractor controlled hosts,said the NCC Group, whichfirst revealed its report on the attack at Kaspersky Lab’s Security Analyst Summit last week.

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