China-based cyberespionage actor seen targeting South America

China-based cyberespionage actor DEV-0147 has been observed compromising diplomatic targets in South America, according to Microsoft’s Security Intelligence team. 

The initiative is “a notable expansion of the group’s data exfiltration operations that traditionally targeted gov’t agencies and think tanks in Asia and Europe,” the team tweeted on Monday. 

DEV-0147’s attacks in South America included post-exploitation activity involving the abuse of on-premises identity infrastructure for reconnaissance and lateral movement, and the use of Cobalt Strike — a penetration testing tool — for command and control and data exfiltration, Microsoft wrote in its tweet. 

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