Van Ta

Does This Look Infected 2

In March of 2022, Mandiant released new research detailing APT41’s persistent campaign leveraging novel exploits, malware, and techniques to compromise U.S. State Government networks. APT41 continued to demonstrate their tempo by exploiting a zero-day in an animal health management application before quickly shifting to operationalize the then fresh Log4j vulnerability. At the time, APT41’s goals were unclear. The “Double Dragon’s” name is derived from APT41’s well documented dual espionage and cybercrime operation. Were they hitting U.S. State Governments to support greater intelligence collection initiatives, or for financial gain?

Van Ta is a Principal Threat Analyst on Mandiant’s Advanced Practices Team, where he leads historical research into the most impactful adversaries facing Mandiant’s customers. His research on various named threat actors FIN11, FIN12, FIN13, and APT41, has been referenced by both private and public organizations. On his free time, Van enjoys cooking Asian cuisines and going to concerts.