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Russian Nation-State Hacking Unit’s Tools Get More Fancy

New research by ESET shows that the notorious Russian hacking group Fancy Bear (aka APT28, Sofacy, STRONTIUM, Sednit group) is rapidly increasing the sophistication of the cyber-espionage tools in its arsenal. The study found that Zebrocy malware, a key tool in Fancy Bear attack campaigns, contains over 30 commands to carry out reconnaissance on compromised networks, and for distributing itself.

The researchers note that Fancy Bear launched attacks involving new tools three years ago and that “since then, the number and diversity of components has increased drastically.” Fancy Bear is known to target government agencies and individual diplomats in the Middle East and Central Asia.

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