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An APT is a cyber attack launched against a specific company, person or institution. These attacks are usually deployed by well-trained attackers using advanced technology, strategic tactics, and the necessary (financial) resources. APTs are well-structured and complex.

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  • What's an APT?
      An APT is a cyber-attack launched against a specific company, person, or institution. These attacks are usually deployed by well-trained attackers using advanced technology, strategic tactics, and the necessary (financial) resources. APTs are well-structured and complex.
  • Who is affected by APTs?
    According to Bitkom (Bundesverband Informationswirtschaft, Telekommunikation und neue Medien e. V.), medium-sized companies are most seriously affected by IT espionage or sabotage – over 60 percent. Most organizations are already compromised without even being aware of it.
  • Why would someone launch an APT?
    A successful advanced persistent threat can be extremely effective and beneficial to the attacker. For nation-states, there are significant political motivations, such as military intelligence. For smaller groups, APTs can lead to significant competitive advantages or lucrative payouts.  
  • How do I prevent an APT?
    When organizations detect gaps in their security, they intuitively deploy a standalone product to fill that void. A solution filled with standalone products, however, will continue to have inherent gaps. To avoid these security gaps, organizations need to take a holistic approach. This requires a multilayered, integrated security solution. Deploying a portfolio of products that can seamlessly work together is the best way to enhance security.
  • Where does the APT attack come from?
    Most APT groups are affiliated with or are agents of governments of sovereign states. An APT could also be a professional hacker working full-time for the above. These state-sponsored hacking organizations usually have the resources and ability to closely research their target and determine the best point of entry.  
  • BOOKS

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    Cyber Crime and Cyber Terrorism Investigator’s Handbook

    Cyber Crime and Cyber Terrorism Investigator’s Handbook describes and analyzes many of the motivations, tools, and tactics behind cyber attacks and the defenses against them. With this book, you will learn about the technological and logistic framework of cyber crime, as well as the social and legal backgrounds of its...

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    DEFINITIONS

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    An APT is a cyber attack launched against a specific company, person or institution. These attacks are usually deployed by well-trained attackers using advanced technology, strategic tactics and the necessary (financial) resources. APTs are well-structured and complex.

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    ENTERTAINMENT

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    Zero Days (2016)

    A documentary focused on Stuxnet, a piece of self-replicating computer malware that the U.S. and Israel unleashed to destroy a key part of an Iranian nuclear facility, and which ultimately spread beyond its intended target.

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    QUOTES

    TOOLS

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    Huawei – Tools

    HiSec Insight (formerly CIS) performs multi-dimensional correlation analysis of massive data based on an Artificial Intelligence (AI) detection algorithm. It proactively detects a wide range of security threat events in real-time, tracing the attack behavior of the entire Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) attack chain. The system also collects and stores...

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    LIST OF APTs

    APT1

    APT1

    Comment Crew (APT) - APT1 is a Chinese threat group that has been attributed to the 2nd Bureau of the...

    APT2

    APT2

    APT2: This group was first observed in 2010. APT2 engages in cyber operations where the goal is intellectual property theft,...

    APT3

    APT3

    APT3: Is a China-based threat group that researchers have attributed to China's Ministry of State Security. This group is responsible...

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