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threat actor

An individual or entity that poses a threat to the security of an organization. Also called a "malicious actor," the threat actor may be external, which is outside the organization and generally the most dangerous. An internal threat actor can be an employee or contractor that has greater access to sensitive data. See hacktivist, hacker and cybercrook.
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At the time the company was investigating an Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) known as Equation, a sophisticated threat actor with ties to the NSA.
Spring Dragon is a long-running threat actor that has been targeting high profile political, governmental and educations organisations in Asia since 2012.
Without a way to decrypt the traffic, your firewalls are going to be blind to any attacks that a threat actor might slip in via encrypted traffic or to any data extraction that might be going on the same way as well, she says.
The threat actor behind Duqu appears to have launched attacks at the venues where the high level talks took place.
In 2014, Hellsing, a small and technically unremarkable cyberespionage group targeting mostly government and diplomatic organizations in Asia, was subjected to a spear-phishing attack by another threat actor and decided to strike back.
The kill chain is based on the core premise that attacks follow a lifecycle or sequence of progressive steps committed by the threat actor during an intrusion.
The malware has since been modified to do even more damage than just serve annoying ads-it can also completely enslave a victim's device and allow a threat actor to use the smartphone in a botnet attack.
Summary: Kaspersky Lab's advanced exploit prevention system has identified a new Adobe Flash zero day exploit, used in an attack on 10 October by a threat actor known as Black Oasis.
In 2014, Hellsing, a small and technically unremarkable cyberespionage group targeting mostly government and diplomatic organisations in Asia, was subjected to a spear-phishing attack by another threat actor and decided to strike back.
The individuals behind this threat actor are highly determined, active and with good technical, political and cultural insight.
Malicious intent is not synonymous with any single 'class' of threat actor, hacktivists 'do it for the lulz"; nation state actors conduct malicious cyber-attacks to fulfill geostrategic objectives.
Today, in a typical targeted cyberattack, a threat actor, once inside the attacked network, establishes a foothold and then collects valuable information to subsequently transfer to the command and control server.