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Attackers Use Keyloggers, Email to Steal Data in "NightHunter" Attacks

By Eduard Kovacs on July 11, 2014


Researchers have been monitoring the activities of a cybercriminal group that has been harvesting login credentials from the computers of various organizations across the world.

According to security firm Cyphort, which has dubbed the campaign "NightHunter" because of the stealthy methods used to exfiltrate data, the operation has been active since 2009, but it wasn't detected until recently.

The attackers have been stealing Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Skype, Dropbox, Amazon, Yahoo, Hotmail, LinkedIn, Rediff and banking credentials from a wide range of organizations, including in sectors like energy, health, insurance, education and even charities, Cyphort said.

The security firm has not been able to determine what the attackers are doing with the stolen information, but believes that they could be using it to prepare for targeted attacks, including extortion, espionage or bank fraud.

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