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Budworm espionage group resurfaces using Log4j vulnerabilities in recent attacks, Symantec reveals

October 14, 2022

Chris Clements, VP of Solutions Architecture at Cerberus Sentinel, comments on Log4j vulnerabilities in recent attacks in IndustrialCyber and CyberWire.

“Cyberattacks originating from nation states have many distinguishing features from those of run-of-the-mill cybercrime groups. First, their attacks are usually more strategic in nature, picking specific targets and information as objectives. Second, because the goals of nation-state actors align more with traditional espionage objectives like data theft or sabotage, those threat actors take more care to avoid detection to conceal their presence for as long as possible.”

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Budworm espionage group resurfaces using Log4j vulnerabilities in recent attacks, Symantec reveals Image CyberWire

“Cyberattacks originating from nation states have many distinguishing features from those of run-of-the-mill cybercrime groups. First, their attacks are usually more strategic in nature, picking specific targets and information as objectives. This differs from general cybercriminal activities which are much more opportunistic in nature where the target itself isn’t particularly important, just that they can easily compromise it. Second, because the goals of nation state actors align more with traditional espionage objectives like data theft or sabotage, those threat actors take more care to avoid detection to conceal their presence for as long as possible. It’s interesting to me that such operations are often called ‘cyberwar’ when ‘cyberespionage’ seems to be a more fitting term. Contrast these activities with general cybercrime operations that are much more akin to ‘smash-and-grab’ thefts where getting in and out quickly with as much as they can carry is the norm. These differences can help organizations to better tailor their defensive strategies.”

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