Chinese APT40 Attackers Exploit SOHO Routers to Launch Attacks


Cybersecurity agencies from Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States have issued a joint advisory about APT40, a China-linked cyber espionage group, warning regarding its ability to co-opt exploits for newly disclosed security vulnerabilities within hours or days of public release.

“APT40 has previously targeted organizations in various countries, including Australia and the United States,” the agencies noted. “Notably, APT40 possesses the ability to quickly transform and adapt vulnerability proofs-of-concept (PoCs) for targeting, reconnaissance, and exploitation operations.” 

The threat group, also known as Bronze Mohawk, Gingham Typhoon (previously Gadolinium), ISLANDDREAMS, Kryptonite Panda, Leviathan, Red Ladon, TA423, and TEMP.Periscope, has been active since at least 2011, carrying out cyber attacks against companies in the Asia Pacific region. It is believed to be based in Haikou.

In July 2021, the US and its allies officially identified the group as being linked to China’s Ministry of State Security (MSS), indicting several members of the hacking crew for orchestrating a multi

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