Security Companies Hit Hikit Backdoor Used by APT Group

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Brian Prince

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[SecurityWeek] - A coordinated effort by security companies has struck a blow against malware tools used by a cyber-espionage group known as Hidden Lynx.

Hidden Lynx is believed to be based in China and has been tied to attacks against U.S. defense contractors and other organizations around the world. In a collaboration dubbed 'Operation SMN', researchers from a number of companies joined forces to target the Hikit backdoor and other malware used by the group.

The effort was coordinated by security firm Novetta as part of Microsoft's new Coordinated Malware Eradication program, and also involved Symantec, Cisco Systems, FireEye, F-Secure, iSight Partners, ThreatConnect, Tenable, Microsoft, ThreatTrack Security and Volexity. A report with technical details about the effort is set to be released Oct. 28.

"We felt it was important to take action proactively in coordination with our coalition security industry partners," said Novetta CEO Peter B. LaMontagne, in a statement. "The cumulative effect of such coordinated approaches could prove quite disruptive to the adversaries in question and mitigate some of the threat activity that plagues the joint customer base of this coalition."

Read the full report on SecurityWeek. 

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