Authored by a Symantec employee
Corporate espionage group Butterfly has compromised a series of majorcorporations over the past three years, targeting confidential information and intellectual property. Symantec has been monitoring this group and working with its victims to track the attackers over the past two years. While tracking the group, Symantec found that Butterfly compromised high-profile companies operating in the Internet, IT software, pharmaceutical and commodities sectors. Twitter, Facebook, Apple, and Microsoft are among the companies who have publicly acknowledged the attacks.
This group is much more complex than the average cybercrime gang. However, it is not going
It is suspected that this group may be made up of native English speakers that are familiar with Western culture.
The group has developed a toolkit of custom malware tools capable of attacking both Windows and Apple operating systems and appears to have used at least one zero-day vulnerability in its attacks. The group keeps a low profile and after successfully compromising a target organization, it will clean up after itself before moving on to its next target.
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Butterfly – Corporate Spies Out For Financial Gain
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