The growing cyber threats require the cooperation of public and private sectors, especially to be able to nab those behind such threats not only working in silo-mode.

Last June, Kaspersky’s Global Research and Analysis Team (GReAT)1 came across an unusual set of samples used to target diplomatic, government and military organisations in the Southeast Asia region. The threat actor behind the campaign, believed to be the PLATINUM APT group, uses an elaborate, previously unseen, steganographic technique to conceal communication. According to Kaspersky’s elite researchers, the attack is still active in Malaysia as well as the region.

“As a private company, Kaspersky is proud to collaborate with the authorities of many countries and international law enforcement agencies in going after the cybercriminals who aim to make this world an unsafe place. Our active cooperation with the law enforcement organisations and governments worldwide are proofs of our belief that public and private to work together in combating these escalating cyber threats,” says Veniamin Levtsov, Vice President, Corporate Business of Kaspersky during the 11th Cyber Security Malaysia Awards, Conference & Exhibition 2019 (CSM-ACE).

“Private and public cybersecurity experts could work together to collect malware artefacts, attribute them properly, analyse cyber threats, and find the trail of the attackers responsible for the most dangerous cyber campaigns around the world. It is through mutual trust and cooperation that we can build a safer world for everyone,”

- Veniamin Levtsov, Vice President, Corporate Business of Kaspersky

Levtsov spoke about National Cyber Defense Reinforcement Through Public & Private Cooperation and shared with the attendees the state-sponsored attack against Malaysia.

In his presentation, he highlighted complex attacks which targeted the country such as the Zebrocy APT, which was first detected in 2015 victimising four Malaysia-based organisations. Levtsov also discussed how the Balkanization of the Internet creates a "bunker mindset" and how businesses face the challenge of advance Threats.

Kaspersky’s partnership with the public body is demonstrated through the partnership with CyberSecurity Malaysia, the national cybersecurity specialist agency of Malaysia, in the Asia Pacific Transparency Centre, which was announced in August.

The global cybersecurity company has also extended its partnership with the international law enforcement agency, INTERPOL last June.

Kaspersky had a booth at the event which was visited by Deputy Minister of Communications and Multimedia Tan Chuan Ou along with General Tan Sri Dato' Seri Panglima Mohd Azumi Bin Mohamed and Dato' Ts. Dr. Haji Amirudin Bin Abdul Wahab from CyberSecurity Malaysia. The event was held from September 23-27, 2019.

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