Kaspersky intelligence ranks Bahrain’s most prominent APT threats
TDT | Manama
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Kaspersky researchers have kept a close eye on Bahrain for Advanced Persistent Threats (APT) and worked on six investigative reports related to three cyber gangs actively targeting the country since the start of the pandemic in 2020. Kaspersky researchers issued six threat intelligence reports on investigations associated with APT groups targeting Bahrain.
Kaspersky has found that these APT groups primarily target Bahrain’s governmental and diplomatic institutions as well as educational organisations.
Other targeted entities include financial institutions, telecommunications, civil aviation and healthcare. Some of the notorious APT groups investigated in Bahrain is the MuddyWater, Oil Rig and Hades.
The research team has found that Exploit Public-facing Applications, Valid Accounts, and Phishing are the most common attack vectors against Bahrain’s infrastructures.
For example, MuddyWater, Middle Eastern espionage motivated APT group that targets government, telco and oil companies to derive information, using compromised accounts to send spearphishing emails with targeted attachments to recipients.
OilRig is another Middle Eastern APT targeting organisation that have a presence across multiple industries using social engineering techniques.
The Hades APT group uses deception-based techniques on their targets. They infiltrate into target networks to select the best location for the launch and forge elements of an attack to make it seem like the work of a different threat actor.