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Data Espionage Campaign Targets Professors

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Hackers are targeting academics, particularly those with biomedical engineering backgrounds, in an espionage-like campaign to steal data. Arbor Networks ASERT team, who discovered the group, have dubbed the actors "Stolen Pencil."

Universities are gold mines of intellectual property. But ASERT notes that there is no evidence of data theft, leaving the purpose of the attacks a little unclear.

Victims were sent links to a malicious browser extension that would open a secret connection to the victims' system. The hackers then uploaded a bevy of tools to harvest passwords from those machines.

There is some evidence that the attack may have come from North Korea, although not enough to say with any certainty.

From Axios
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