The Actors Behind Cyberattacks

Endre Bangerter
Professor of computer science at the Bern University of Applied Sciences. Lecturer at the Forensic Science Institute of the University of Lausanne.

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Cyber attacks are often perceived as a purely technical matter. Yet, technology is «only the playing field» on which the attacks are carried out. Behind attack and defense are humans. The study of cyber actors, their motivations, capabilities etc. is a fascinating field, which is the subject of this deep dive.


Endre Bangerter is a co-founder and CEO of Threatray and professor of IT security at the Bern University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland. His interests are in the fields of threat intelligence and analytics.

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The first article in a series of articles exploring the cybercrime underground.

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Podcast and transcript on how the NSA, the US signals intelligence agency, is planning and carrying out hacking operations.

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Moonlight maze, the history of a very capable Russian state actor.

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A report on “Hacking team”, an Italian cyber mercenary company.

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A report on the NSO group, an Israeli cyber mercenary company.

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An article on “hacking back”, which is to strike back against cyberattackers. Hacking back is a very controversial practice, deemed ineffective and dangerous by most cyber defenders.

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A short introduction to the topic of attributing cyber attacks.

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An article arguing that attribution is not that important in many cases.

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An article and a corresponding talk by Juan Andres Guerrero-Saade on an ontology of cyber actors.

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I hope you enjoyed learning about threat actors in cyber space. To help you keep up with the latest on the cyberattacks and cybersecurity, Refind will serve you relevant new links on it in your daily picks whenever available.


If you want to learn more, I recommend digging into the fascinating book «Sandworm» by Andy Greenberg.

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