Tracking the Worlds Dumbest Cyber-Mercenaries

Conference:  Defcon 31


Authors:   Cooper Quintin Senior Staff Technologist – EFF


For the last 6 years my colleagues and I have been tracking the activities of the cyber-mercenaries we call Dark Caracal. In this time we have observed them make a number of hilarious mistakes which have allowed us to gain crucial insights into their activities and victims. In this talk we will discuss the story of Dark Caracal, the mistakes they have made, and how they have managed to remain effective despite quite possibly being the dumbest APT to ever exist.