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The ShadowPad malware came into the spotlight in 2017 when it was used in two software supply-chain attacks by a suspected Chinese state-sponsored hacker group. Since then it has become the tool of choice for several cyberespionage groups that are believed to be associated with China’s Ministry of State Security (MSS) and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).

“The malware was likely developed by threat actors affiliated with Bronze Atlas and then shared with MSS and PLA threat groups around 2019,” researchers from security firm Secureworks said in a new report. “Given the range of groups leveraging ShadowPad, all organizations that are likely targets for Chinese threat groups should monitor for TTPs associated with this malware.”

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