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Nation-State Threats From Unexpected Countries

May 15, 2018 / Kacy Zurkus

When nation-state attacks are discussed, most people immediately think of those well-known adversaries in North Korea, China, and Russia, but new activity is coming from seemingly benign states such as Lebanon and the Netherlands. n annual report published by Optiv today, The Cyber Threat Intelligence Estimate (CTIE), analyzed more than 7,000 cybersecurity trouble tickets. According to the report, there has been a dramatic increase in cyber-attack activities coming from countries like the Netherlands and Lebanon. These lesser-known nation states are using more traditional means of exploits, with combinations of open source and custom-built tools. "They, and other actors like them, will continue to become more disruptive as they refine their tactics," the report said. Though it’s difficult to discern the motivation for the increased attack activity, both countries made headlines this year with cyber-attacks. Lebanon used an Android malware campaign to spy on thousands of...