Proofpoint Warns of Abuse of the Nighthawk Hacking Tool

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Proofpoint security researchers are alerting the public to the discovery of a commercial red-teaming tool known as Nighthawk, warning that the command-and-control framework is likely to be exploited by threat actors.

A recent report from Proofpoint claims that MDSec, a European company that sells adversary simulation and penetration testing tools and services, sells Nighthawk, an advanced C2 framework. “At its core, Nighthawk is a commercially available remote access Trojan (RAT), which it shares features with other frameworks like Brute Ratel and Cobalt Strike.

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Like those, Nighthawk might experience quick adoption by threat actors looking to diversify their tactics and bolster their toolkit with a relatively untested framework, according to Proofpoint.

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