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Cylance exposes ‘Dust Storm’ APT attack on Japanese infrastructure

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Feb
2016
Cylance exposes ‘Dust Storm’ APT attack on Japanese infrastructure

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An advance persistent threat group operating since at least 2010 has recently been concentrating its efforts on infiltrating Japanese critical infrastructure and key commercial interests, according to cyber-security firm Cylance, which went public with its findings yesterday due to the perpetrators’ increasingly aggressive tactics.

Dubbed “Operation Dust Storm,” the APT is the work of a sophisticated hacking group or army backed by a nation-state—most likely China based on ample circumstantial evidence. Dust Storm is responsible for a multitude of seemingly unrelated global attacks over the last six years that Cylance was able to link together through its research.

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