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Mustang Panda Hackers Targets Philippines Government Amid South China Sea Tensions

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Nov
2023
Mustang Panda Hackers Targets Philippines Government Amid South China Sea Tensions

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The China-linked Mustang Panda actor has been linked to a cyber attack targeting a Philippines government entity amid rising tensions between the two countries over the disputed South China Sea.

Palo Alto Networks Unit 42 attributed the adversarial collective to three campaigns in August 2023, primarily singling out organizations in the South Pacific.

“The campaigns leveraged legitimate software including Solid PDF Creator and SmadavProtect (an Indonesian-based antivirus solution) to sideload malicious files,” the company said.

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