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Hackers from East Europe Outperform East Asian Attackers in Sophistication

According to Trend Micro the security company, cyber-criminals doing operations out of Eastern Europe pose an enormously advanced information security danger towards organizations in the West, compared to their counterparts within East Asia.

The company, which conducted a study titled "Peter the Great vs. Sun Tzu" where Peter known as a highly accomplished Tsar of Russia, while Sun Tzu from China happened to be a general in the army, reached the above conclusion.

Vice President of Cyber Security Tom Kellermann of Trend Micro remarks that the East European hackers resemble master craftsmen engaged in supplying nano-code that's of modular nature as also one that obfuscates itself. Securityweek.com published this dated September 18, 2012.

Moreover according to the study, the environment in East Europe is competitive so hackers develop tailored malicious programs having the characteristic abilities of being hard-coded internally, but devoid of outside intermediate tools. Kellermann writes that strong anti-debugging methods accompanied with complicated command-and-control infrastructures make the Eastern European hackers different. According to him, although malware created in Eastern Europe isn't always innovative, there's frequently many exploits in it which others creatively designed.

Conversely, the East Asian online attackers use fewer anti-debugging methods since they increasingly focus on productivity and speed. Kellermann notes that backdoors are as well far less complex, with malware unleashed rapidly utilizing already-existing elements.

Also, the infrastructures European cyber-crooks utilize for their activities are advantageous to them. While their selected target hosts are bulletproof, the infrastructures they use are self-owned, in contrast with East Asian criminals who choose cheap hosts that ISPs (Internet Service Providers) offer.

Trend Micro further analyzes that unlike the East European cyber-attackers who act like "commandos," those of East Asia behave increasingly as "Internet foot soldiers" not being very dynamic nor being much concerned regarding concealing their origins while executing PC-hacks.

According to it, the Eastern Europe market represents the high-end one having extremely dexterous cyber-attackers reliant on personal skill and reputation. Indeed, their assaults are extremely focused, whilst the East Asian attackers lay claim to entire ecosystems. Actually the thing to note is that security players overlook either that's at consumers' danger.

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