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Threats on the Horizon: The Rise of the Advanced Persistent Threat

APTs Then and Now

Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) technology, also known as an Advanced Targeted Attack (ATA), has evolved at a Moore’s Law clip since magician Nevil Maskelyne hacked a public demonstration of apparently secure wireless telegraphy technology in 1903, sending insulting Morse code messages through an auditorium’s projector.(2) Since the dawn of the computer age, people have used advanced software to target specific companies or individuals in an attack designed to either damage or steal data. What makes today’s APTs unique and frightening are the sophistication of the malware, the vectors they’re choosing for attack and the perseverance with which they’re going after their targets.

In the following whitepaper, we’re going to examine:

  • The history of Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs)
  • Fast facts and figures
  • The groups behind these types of attacks
  • How the attacks work
  • How to protect against them



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