From discussion with friends, an extract:
If the definition or example that somehow APT is a ‘newer, better and prolonged method of attack and stealth to obtain the crown jewels’ then what was Kevin Mitnick’s attack on Sun Microsystems?
It’s because Mitnick was an American – not “a Red” – and the net was not infrastructure back then.
In short: since the threat model has moved on from “Commies” now, APT is essentially a racist/jingoistic term for “foreign hacker who is other than us”.
My friend Jon Care says that ‘cloud’ is an irregular noun:
- I have a Private Cloud
- You have a Botnet
- They have a Cyberwarfare Capability / Cyberweapon
…and I am basically thinking that APT is the equivalent third term for government pentester – the second being the eternally-slightly-tarnished Hacker, of course.
ps: obligatory tip for decyber