Security warning: Attackers are using these five hacking tools to target you

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As attackers ranging from nation-state backed espionage groups to cyber criminal operations are increasingly turning to openly available hacking tools to help conduct campaigns, the cyber security authorities of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and US have warned.

The research by the nations involved in the ‘Five Eyes’ intelligence sharing arrangement provides a snapshot of some of threats posed by cyber actors worldwide by detailing some of the common commonly available tools used in attacks.

They are all freely available – often on the open web – and include remote access trojans, web shells and obfuscation tools. Combinations of some or all of these have been used in in attack campaigns by some of the most prolific attackers around.

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