Facebook has surprisingly revealed the identity of the APT32 hacker group. It is considered to be one of the most famous groups in the world that operates with state support and maintains links with the Vietnamese government.
The Facebook security team allegedly came across the group when APT32 tried to infect users of the social network with malware.
“Our research linked these activities to the CyberOne Group, an IT company in Vietnam, also known as CyberOne Security, CyberOne Technologies, Hành Tinh Company Limited, Planet and Diac Nahrungsmittel,” said Nathaniel Gleicher, Head of Security Policy at Facebook , and Mike Dvilyanski, Cyber Threat Intelligence Manager."
Investigations have shown that behind the APT32 hacker group there is a Vietnamese company that actually offers security solutions itself.
APT32 - Advanced Persistent Thread 32
Advanced persistent threads are complex, targeted and effective attacks on critical IT infrastructures.
Facebook was now able to assign the hackers to a specific company because they registered frequent activities on the platform. They have tried again and again to spread malware via fake profiles and sites. They would have posed as activists or companies and even underpinned the false profiles with specially prepared websites to make them appear more credible. All the hackers’ accesses have been turned off, Facebook said.