On Wed Dec 12 [2018], the McAfee Advanced Threat Research team revealed that hackers had conducted an elaborate infiltration campaign between October and November, which they named “Operation Sharpshooter,” after the name of a function in the attack code. The campaign targeted individuals at 87 firms across a broad spectrum of companies globally including defense, finance, energy, telecommunications, and government organizations. Indicating new levels of sophistication, the McAfee report indicates that the campaign “leverages an in-memory implant to download and retrieve a second stage implant which we call Rising Sun -for further exploitation.”  As the report further indicates, the ultimate target of the operation is to penetrate security defenses for the purpose of extracting intellectual property. 

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