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ModifiedElephant

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  • February 14, 2022
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ModifiedElephant

Part of: Prelims and GS-III cybersecurity

Context: American cybersecurity firm SentinelOne has released a report on ModifiedElephant.

  • It is a hacking group that allegedly planted incriminating evidence on the personal devices of Indian journalists, human rights activists, human rights defenders, academics and lawyers.

Key takeaways from the report

  • According to the report, ModifiedElephant maliciously targeted specific groups and individuals, including the activists arrested in the Bhima Koregaon case of 2018. 
  • It called the incident ‘one of the most serious cases of evidence tampering’ that the firm had ever encountered.
  • ModifiedElephant operators have been infecting their targets using spear phishing emails with malicious file attachments over the last decade, with their techniques getting more sophisticated over time.
    • Spear phishing refers to the practice of sending emails to targets that look like they are coming from a trusted source to either reveal important information or install different kinds of malware on their computer systems.

News source: IE

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