A number of major cyberattacks have entered the public consciousness in the past decade, with several major consumer data breaches since 2015 leaving millions of victims—high-profile financial companies, retail chains, social media sites and even the Democratic National Convention—in their wake. But who or what actors are behind these cyber attacks?
Twingate collected information from official and expert industry sources about the groups responsible for major cyberattacks.
The U.S. government, including the Justice Department and GSA, the Council on Foreign Relations think tank, and other prominent sources have given the American public context for some of the world's most important hacker collectives, or Advanced Persistent Threat groups. All of these groups are believed to be state-sponsored, whether by China, Russia, Iran, North Korea or the U.S. Most APTs hack their targets to find and steal information; but some groups are also hacking to extort money or steal cryptocurrencies from their targets. Some teams use custom-made cyber scripts to break into computer networks, while others rely on classic hacking tactics, such as phishing and social engineering.