πŸ”’ Threat Actors

Information about threat actors

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Threat Actors are only available to users with the Threat Landscape module.

Threat actors are known persons or groups responsible for security incidents.

Threat actors in VirusTotal are identified by a UUID, but it's also possible to retrieve them using one of the threat actor's name. For example, these three requests are equivalent:

  • https://www.virustotal.com/api/v3/threat_actors/Comment Crew
  • https://www.virustotal.com/api/v3/threat_actors/APT1
  • https://www.virustotal.com/api/v3/threat_actors/1cb7e1cc-d695-42b1-92f4-fd0112a3c9be

Object Attributes

A threat actor object contains the following attributes:

  • aliases: <list of strings> alternative names by which the threat actor is known.
  • description: <string> description / context about the threat actor.
  • first_seen_date: <integer> estimated threat actor's first seen date of activity (UTC timestamp).
  • last_seen_date: <integer> estimated threat actor's last seen date of activity (UTC timestamp).
  • last_modification_date: <integer> last time when the threat actor was updated (UTC timestamp).
  • name: <string> threat actor's name.
  • related_entities_count <integer> estimated number of related IOCs to the threat actor.
  • source_region <string> threat actor's source region.
  • sponsor_region <string> region sponsoring the threat actor.
  • targeted_industries <list of strings> list of industries the threat actor has targeted.
  • targeted_regions <list of strings> list of regions the threat actor has targeted.
{
  "data": {
    "attributes": {
      "aliases": [<string>],
      "description": <string>,
      "first_seen_date": <int:timestamp>,
      "last_seen_date": <int:timestamp>,
      "last_modification_date": <int:timestamp>,
      "name": <string>,
      "related_entities_count": <int>,
      "source_region": <string>,
      "sponsor_region": <string>,
      "targeted_industries": [<string>]
    },
    "type": "threat_actor",
    "id": <string>,
    "links": {
      "self": "https://www.virustotal.com/api/v3/threat_actors/<id>"
    }
  }
}
{
  "data": {
    "attributes": {
			"first_seen_date": 1341966080,
			"description": "Lotus Blossom is a threat group that has targeted government and military organizations in Southeast Asia.",
			"targeted_regions": [
				"JP",
				"PH",
				"HK",
				"ID",
				"TW",
				"VN"
			],
			"aliases": [
				"Spring Dragon",
				"ST Group",
				"Esile",
				"DRAGONFISH",
				"BRONZE ELGIN",
				"ATK1",
				"G0030",
				"Red Salamander"
			],
			"last_seen_date": 1658337941,
			"related_entities_count": 205,
			"targeted_industries": [
				"Military",
				"Government, Administration"
			],
			"source_region": "CN",
			"last_modification_date": 1658407852,
			"sponsor_region": "CN",
			"name": "Lotus Blossom"
    },
    "type": "threat_actor",
    "id": "lotus_blossom",
    "links": {
      "self": "https://virustotal.com/api/v3/threat_actors/32fafa69-fe3c-49db-afd4-aac2664bcf0d"
    }
  }
}

Relationships

In addition to the previously described attributes, threat actor objects contain relationships with other objects in our dataset that can be retrieved as explained in the Relationships section.

The following table shows a summary of available relationships.

RelationshipReturn object type
collectionsList of Collections
commentsList of Comments
referencesList of References
related_domainsList of Domains
related_filesList of Files
related_ip_addressesList of IP addresses
related_referencesList of References
related_urlsList of URLs