Last November 12-14th, I had this great opportunity to attend AVAR 2012 Conference in Hangzhou, China. There were a lot of great presentations; I must say I feel very privileged to have presented our paper, The HeartBeat APT Campaign, along with these talks.
I will be honest with you–talking in front of renowned people and colleagues in the industry was outright nerve-racking. However, we believe it is our duty to share our findings about the HeartBeat APT to the industry. This entry aims to further fulfill the same purpose for the industry and for the general public.
The HeartBeat campaign is an isolated APT case that targets organizations within South Korea only. Based on our research, the campaign have started by at least November 2009. They target organizations that are directly or in some ways related to the South Korean government. Specifically, the HeartBeat campaign targets the following sectors:
- Political parties
- Media outfits
- A national policy research institute
- A military branch of South Korean armed forces
- A small business sector organization
- Branches of South Korean government