An advanced persistent threat, or APT, refers to a type of criminal cyber-attack that shares characteristics with sophisticated and targeted exploits, making them at once harder to detect and more dangerous than random attacks.
Advanced - Although many APTs have their beginnings in malware kits that are freely shared among hackers, the operators of these exploits are skilled at adding advanced tools designed to bypass even the most sophisticated security measures organizations may have in place. These criminal hackers are also skilled at combining multiple methodologies in order to compromise the target of their exploits.
Persistent - Another distinguishing characteristic is the time and patience purveyors of APTs show in mounting their attacks. Rather than the random exploits created by more inexperienced hackers hoping to score and move on, these cyber criminals adopt a "low and slow" approach that is successful because it adapts to obstacles while never losing sight of the objective.
Threat - This refers to the human element in the attack. APTs are coordinated and well-funded exploits, created by skilled, motivated and organized criminal hackers, often belonging to syndicates. These are not random exploits nor are they comprised simply of automated code, launched without a true target in mind. APT attacks are targeted, professional and relentless.
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