Who are the APT1?
APT1 is a Chinese threat group that has been attributed to the 2nd Bureau of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) General Staff Department’s (GSD) 3rd Department, commonly known by its Military Unit Cover Designator (MUCD) as Unit 61398.
Aliases: Byzantine Candor, APT1, PLA Unit 61398, Comment Group, TG-8223, Comment Panda, and Group 3.
APT1 has stolen hundreds of terabytes of data from 141 organizations and has the capability to steal data from dozens of organizations simultaneously.
Who does the APT1 Target?
The group has targeted international cooperation and development agencies, foreign governments in which English is one of the multiple official languages, and multinational conglomerates that primarily conduct their business in English. Their victims are located in the US, Canada, and the UK.
The industries targeted by them, as detected by KNOW are:
- Aerospace and defense
- Media and entertainment
- Energy and natural resources
- Information technology
- Food and beverage
The Infamous APT1
APT1 or PLA Unit 61398 was officially indicted on 19 May 2014 by the US Department of Justice. Five members of the group were indicted on charges of theft of confidential business information and intellectual property from U.S. commercial firms and for planting malware on various systems. Forensic evidence traced APT1’s base of operations to a 12-story building off Datong Road in a public, mixed-use area of Pudong in Shanghai.
References counted by KNOW
- Total references: 3,313
- References in the last 60 days: 488
- References in the last 7 days: 226
Context taken from KNOW
- Risk rules triggered: 5 out of 48
- Most recent sandbox sighting: Any Run Sandbox result for DAT 20200924 OQI0784.malware
- Related Intrusion Methods: Phishing, Spam, Credential Stuffing, Data Breach, Spear Phishing, and Social Engineering.
- Malware: Maze Ransomware.
Thoughts from the Twitter-verse
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We started assembling our APT/Nation State archive. We have begun with APT1 (Comment Crew, Unit 61398).
We have a lot of work to do. Have a nice night.
Yanbian Gang, KovCoreG, APT1 Comment Crew (Unit 61398), APT23 (KeyBoy,PiratePanda), APT32 OceanLotus attack groups that have been active for the past week. We’ve detected about 15 new malware.
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