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Oceansalt Cyberattack Wave Linked To Defunct Chinese APT Comment Crew

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News broketoday that newly discovered first-stage implant targeting Korean-speaking victims borrows code from another reconnaissance tool linked to Comment Crew, a Chinese nation-state threat actor that was exposed in 2013 following cyber espionage campaigns against the United States. Dubbed Oceansalt, the threat has been spotted on machines in South Korea, the United States, and Canada. The adversary used spear phishing to lure victims into opening Microsoft Excel and Word documents with content in Korean, specially crafted to download the malware.

Ross Rustici, Senior Director for Intelligence Services atCybereason:

“The warning about attribution is the most important part of this report. It is interesting that they appeared to have lifted from a very old and very well-known tool by a new actor, but the caution of what implications can be drawn from this is even more important. It is impossible for this to be APT1, as it was defined and attributed as the 3PLA which no...(continued)

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