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Cybercriminals borrow from APT playbook in attack against PoS vendors

Discussion in 'CSO' started by RSS, May 5, 2015.

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    Cybercriminals are increasingly copying cyberespionage groups in using targeted attacks against their victims instead of large-scale, indiscriminate infection campaigns.

    This change in tactics has been observed among those who launch attacks, as well as those who create and sell attack tools on the underground market.

    A recent example of such behavior was seen in a cybercriminal attack against vendors of point-of-sale systems that researchers from RSA documented last week.

    The attackers sent emails to specific vendors impersonating small businesses such as restaurants. This technique, known as spear-phishing, is typically associated with advanced persistent threats (APTs) -- highly targeted, customized attacks whose goal is usually long-term cyberespionage.

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