APT 29, also known as Cozy Bear or The Dukes, is a highly sophisticated cyber espionage group believed to be sponsored by the Russian government. The group has been active since at least 2008 and has been linked to a number of high-profile cyber attacks, including the breach of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in 2016 and the Solarwinds compromise in December 2020.
APT 29 is known for its advanced tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs), which allow it to carry out highly targeted and persistent attacks. The group has been observed using a variety of tools and techniques to compromise systems, including zero day vulnerabilities, spearphishing campaigns, and custom malware.
APT 29 has been linked to a wide range of targets, including government agencies, political organizations, and critical infrastructure providers. The group’s primary focus is reportedly on intelligence gathering and information theft, although it has also been observed carrying out destructive attacks. APT 29’s activities have been widely reported on in the media and have raised concerns about the potential for state-sponsored cyber espionage and sabotage.