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Secretive ‘Machete’ Hacker Group Steals GBs Worth of Sensitive Files from the Venezuelan Military

Researchers at cybersecurity firm ESET have unearthed a targeted cyber-espionage campaign that sets out to steal sensitive documents from Venezuela’s military forces

“The attackers exfiltrate specialized file types used by geographic information systems (GIS) software,” said ESET researcher Matias Porolli. “The group is specifically interested in files that describe navigation routes and positioning using military grids.”

About 75 percent of the malware infections – all operated by Machete – were located in Venezuela, with other victims spread out across Ecuador, Colombia, and Nicaragua.

Read more at TNW

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