FireEye’s Report on Cyber Attacks: Pakistan- based cyber attackers targeting defense sites of India

Cyber Security firm- FireEye, on 18th March, Friday said that the India has been facing continued threats from suspected Pakistan- based cyber attackers for the last few years, with phishing e-mails sent from online criminals which containing malware targeting at the defense establishments of the country.

Moreover, further the report from FireEye says, that the Malware ‘Seedoor’ used cyber threat operation which has been targeting the India since at least 2013. Also it said that the treat groups behind such operation, are likely to reach its targets through sending spear phishing mails with attached malware, and the lures used in the mails were related to regional military and defense issues. And this seems always involving the current events and India- Pakistan relations.

Further, FireEye said that the suspected Pakistani threat actor used surveillance malware against the entities of India and Pakistan and as such both from India and Pakistan were targeted. However, the report does not identified the location of cyber attacks not even it does show the success ratio. Also, whether attackers succeeded in entering any sensitive establishment, or not, it did not say about.

However, as per report, the Robust surveillance malware Seedoor was likely distributed via spear phishing e-mails, as stated herein above. And these e-mails are about events, defense issues and women.

Also, as per report, the same is likely the threat actor intended to target Indian Government and Military Personnel, and also Political dissidents in Pakistan as well, for collecting intelligence, the report said it based on the themes used in the e-mails and decoy documents.

Further, pointing the cyber threats involvement in the tensions, the FireEye Chief Technology officer Asia Pacific Bryce Boland found telling that the real world conflict and cyber conflict and their line between continues to blur and in nearly every geopolitical tensions, it is likely to find cyber campaigns beneath the surface.

However, about the potential damage and also about the scale of such attacks, he declined to comment, saying that for this report, they are in touch with the concerned authorities.

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