By Kelly Jackson Higgins
In yet another example of the inevitable intersection between cyberespionage and cybercrime, an infamous cyberspying tool out of China has been upgraded and used in targeted attacks for financial gain, not pure cyberespionage.
Kaspersky Lab discovered the PlugX cyberespionage tool authors using a new and more refined version of the tool against an ordinary company — not the typical military, government or corporate target favored by Chinese cyberespionage actors.
Cybercriminals for some time have been aiming for more persistence and thus employing spying tools. Traditional cybercriminals increasingly are using the same hacking tools that cyberespionage attackers employ in order to maintain a stealthy foothold inside a victim organization so they can maximize their spoils and profits.
Source: Dark Reading