Never mind Russia: Turkey and Vietnam are Microsoft’s new state-backed hacker threats du jour

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Iran, Turkey and both North and South Korea are bases for nation-state cyber attacks, Microsoft has claimed – as well as old favourite Russia.

While more than half of cyberattacks spotted by Redmond came from Russia, of more interest to the wider world is information from the US megacorp’s annual Digital Defence Report about lesser-known nation state cyber-attackers.

“After Russia, the largest volume of attacks we observed came from North Korea, Iran and China; South Korea, Turkey (a new entrant to our reporting) and Vietnam were also active but represent much less volume,” said MS in a post announcing its findings.

While the usual suspects of Russia, China and North Korea are highlighted in the report, Vietnam’s APT32 was highlighted by Microsoft’s infosec people for targeting “human rights and civil organisations.”

The Vietnam-linked group has a track record of not only spying on these but also “foreign corporations with a vested interest in Vietnam’s manufacturing, consumer products, and hospitality sectors”,

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