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Sharp Panda Using New Soul Framework Version to Target Southeast Asian Governments

March 8, 2023

High-profile government entities in Southeast Asia are the target of a cyber espionage campaign undertaken by a Chinese threat actor known as Sharp Panda since late last year.

The intrusions are characterized by the use of a new version of the Soul modular framework, marking a departure from the group’s attack chains observed in 2021.

Israeli cybersecurity company Check Point said the “long-running” activities have historically singled out countries such as Vietnam, Thailand, and Indonesia. Sharp Panda was first documented by the firm in June 2021, describing it as a “highly-organized operation that placed significant effort into remaining under the radar.”

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