The APT Name Game: How Grim Threat Actors Get Goofy Monikers

How do advanced persistent threat groups such as Darkhotel and Anchor Panda get their ridiculous names?

What’s in a name? When it comes to advanced persistent threat groups, it is often quite a bit.

While their monikers’ may seem whimsical – Fancy Bear, Nomadic Octopus, Ocean Lotus and Darkhotel – the reality is these are not arbitrary names. In fact, many are similar to schoolyard nicknames or a type of shorthand – tied to the attributes of the mysterious groups behind cyberattacks.

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