Researchers believe that the hackers behind the CCleaner malware were bent not only on mass infections, but on targeted espionage
that tried to gain access to the networks of Intel, Google, Microsoft, and other tech titans. Some have linked the hack to cyberespionage group APT17
, also known as DeputyDog.
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...they found evidence that the hackers had attempted to filter their collection of backdoored victim machines to find computers inside the networks of 20 tech firms, including Intel, Google, Microsoft, Akamai, Samsung, Sony, VMware, HTC, Linksys, D-Link and Cisco itself. In about half of those cases, says Talos research manager Craig Williams, the hackers successfully found a machine they'd compromised within the company's network, and used their backdoor to infect it with another piece of malware intended to serve as a deeper foothold, one that Cisco now believes was likely intended for industrial espionage.