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APT developers not as smart as they're made out to be

Maria Korolov | Feb. 5, 2015
Criminal hackers aren't as smart as those portrayed in the movies and on TV, according to a new report from Sophos Ltd. -- but those behind advanced persistent threats are even dumber.

"This is bad news, because the malware created by these authors reaches a general audience in much higher numbers than the targeted attacks," Szappanos said in the report. "Therefore, the criminals with larger outreach appear to also be more skilled."

He also warned against underestimating malware authors.

"They develop sophisticated Trojan families, and they manage to deploy them successfully to high profile organizations," he said. "The fact that they are not the masters of exploitation doesn't mean that they are any less dangerous. But they are not omnipotent either. Understanding their limitations helps us to prepare our defenses."


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