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Chinese APT Group Attacks French Organizations


Investigators: Home and Office Routers Targeted Prajeet Nair (@prajeetspeaks) • July 22, 2021

APT 31, a China-linked hacking group, is targeting French organizations by exploiting home and office routers in an espionage campaign, warns CERT-FR, the French government's computer emergency readiness team that's part of the National Cybersecurity Agency of France, or ANSSI.

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APT 31, which is also called Zirconium, is known for attacks on government, international financial, aerospace and defense organizations. The group also has hit high-tech, construction and engineering, telecommunications, media and insurance firms.

"Investigations show that the threat actors use compromised routers as anonymization relays, prior to carrying out reconnaissance and attack actions," CERT-FR notes.

CERT-FR has not responded to Information Security Media Group's request for additional information, including what organizations were attacked. The organization provides indicators of compromise IOCs to help detect ...


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