A Chinese espionage operator is attacking crypto firms during state-sponsored campaigns, according to a FireEye Threat Intelligence report published August 2.
Reportedly, the hacker group “targets industries in a manner generally aligned with China's Five-Year economic development plans.”
In addition to targeted attacks of healthcare, telecoms, fintech, and film and media companies, evidence suggest APT41 has infiltrated and phished a number of firms operating in the crypto industry.
In June 2018, APT41 sent spear-phishing emails that prompted targets to join a cryptocurrency-denominated decentralized gaming platform to game studios.
The same month, a crypto exchange was targeted by the same email address, reportedly operated by one Tom Giardino.
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