"Magic Kitten," "Numbered Panda," "Energetic Bear." It sounds cuddly but these names in fact were given to some of the most dangerous hacker groups as noted by security firm, CrowdStrike, in its 2013 Global Threat Report. Not only are these groups far from cute, some have ties to nationalist activist groups and are specifically seeking data on corporate America.
Many of the hacker groups specifically sought access to information from U.S. corporate networks, according to the report. "The U.S. is the most innovative country in the world and these other organizations, these other nations, recognize that. By stealing that technology they're able to provide their corporations much more competitive advantage," said Shawn Henry, president of CrowdStrike Services and a retired FBI official.
Here are the groups CrowdStrike researched. The global threat report was released last week: