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Infoblox Uncovers Sophisticated DNS Threat Actor: Muddling Meerkat

In a groundbreaking discovery, Infoblox, a leading cybersecurity company, has unveiled the existence of a sophisticated threat actor known as “Muddling Meerkat.” This actor, believed to be linked to the People’s Republic of China (PRC), possesses the capability to manipulate the Great Firewall (GFW) of China, a system responsible for censoring and controlling internet traffic in and out of the country.

The Muddling Meerkat operates by generating a high volume of distributed DNS queries that are dispersed through open DNS resolvers, allowing it to bypass traditional security measures with ease. Infoblox’s team of threat intelligence experts, in collaboration with external researchers, identified this cyber threat and took proactive measures to block its domains, ensuring the safety of their customers.

Dr. Renée Burton, Vice President of Infoblox Threat Intel, emphasized the importance of having a robust DNS detection and response strategy in place to combat sophisticated threats like Muddling Meerkat. The actor’s intricate operations highlight their deep understanding of DNS and the potential risks posed by such malicious activities.

Despite operating covertly since at least October 2019, the true motives of Muddling Meerkat remain unclear. However, their utilization of advanced DNS tactics, such as inducing responses from the Great Firewall and employing distraction techniques, underscores the need for heightened cybersecurity measures.

Infoblox’s relentless focus on DNS data, coupled with cutting-edge technology and AI, has positioned them as a frontrunner in threat intelligence. By detecting and neutralizing emerging threats like Muddling Meerkat, Infoblox continues to safeguard the digital landscape against malicious actors seeking to exploit vulnerabilities for their gain.

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