A group of top cyber security firms have formed a coalition to hit back against the APT (advanced persistent group) believed to be used by Chinese hacker groups.
Symantec, one firm in the coalition, said: “This is the first time that a significant effort to disrupt the activities of an APT has been made. “Through effective collaboration, we can help ensure that any organization likely to be targeted by these groups will be better protected in the future.”
Hikit is believed to have been used against big Chinese rivals like the US. We have in recent months seen reports of several US based organisations (public and private) complaining against Chinese economic espionage activities.
Hacking groups have been known to use Hikit (hidden Lynx and Pupa/Deep Panda). Symantec continued y saying “Hidden Lynx is regarded as one of the pioneers of the ‘watering-hole’ attack method and it appears to have early access to zero-day vulnerabilities,”
At least two hacking gangs are known to have used Hikit, one called Hidden Lynx, or Aurora, and the other called Pupa, or Deep Panda. It is not known if these groups are linked.
“Hidden Lynx is regarded as one of the pioneers of the ‘watering-hole’ attack method and it appears to have early access to zero-day vulnerabilities,” Symantec added.
We haven’t seen any reactions from the Chinese government just yet. We’ll be sure to bring that you once we hear more