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Report puts hackers under microscope

A cyber-security think tank has released a report that details 40 prominent hackers -- individuals as well as groups -- and their methods.
By Richard Tomkins   |   Feb. 11, 2016 at 11:37 AM
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WASHINGTON, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- An encyclopedia of prominent computer hackers, including their targets and methodology, has been published by a cyber-security think tank.

The report -- "Know Your Enemies 2.0: A Primer on Advanced Persistent Threat Groups" – was published by the Washington-based Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology. It details categorizes prominent hackers by geographic location, including China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea. Among the 40 hackers covered are Blue Termite, the Elderwood Platform, Deep Panda APT 30, APT 2, Tarh Andishan, Ajax, Dark Hotel, Bureau 121, Energetic Bear, Uroburos, Sofacy Group, the "Duke" family, Carbanak, SEA, Animal Farm, Hellsing and Shrouded Crossbow.

"The report is an encyclopedia of bad actors stemming from the nation state, mercenary and hacktivist arenas and details the characteristics and intricacies of the world's most prolific threat groups," the institute said.

Zero days, malware, tool kits, exploit techniques, digital foot prints and targets are also covered in-depth.

Adversaries are relentless in their attacks on our nation's critical infrastructures," said ICIT co-founder and Sr. Fellow Parham Eftekhari. "ICIT strongly encourages government agencies, the legislative community, journalists and sector stakeholders to leverage the Institute's expertise as they strive to better understand and defend against the enemy."

The report can be found on the institute's Website, http://icitech.org.

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