Meta Disrupted Two Cyberespionage Operations in South Asia


The parent company of Facebook, Meta, took action against two cross-platform cyberespionage operations earlier this year that depended on different online services for malware distribution.

Bitter APT is the first hacker organization that Meta stopped operating during the second quarter. The organization, also known as T-APT-17, has been active since at least 2013 and primarily targets organizations in the government, engineering, and energy sectors. Meta has seen the hacking group target victims in India, New Zealand, Pakistan, and the United Kingdom with malware by using link-shortening services, malicious and compromised domains, and third-party hosting companies.

For the purpose of connecting with potential victims and earning their trust before tricking them into downloading malware, the group has created fictitious personas that masquerade as young women, journalists, or activists.

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