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An elusive threat actor called Earth Lusca has been observed striking organizations across the world as part of what appears to be simultaneously an espionage campaign and an attempt to reap monetary profits.

“The list of its victims includes high-value targets such as government and educational institutions, religious movements, pro-democracy and human rights organizations in Hong Kong, COVID-19 research organizations, and the media, amongst others,” Trend Micro researchers said in a new report. “However, the threat actor also seems to be financially motivated, as it also took aim at gambling and cryptocurrency companies.

The cybersecurity firm attributed the group as part of the larger China-based Winnti cluster, which refers to a number of linked groups rather than a single discrete entity that are focused on intelligence gathering and intellectual property theft.

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