APT is an acronym that stands for advanced persistent threat. it is a classification for attackers that fall outside the normal attacker bell curve. advanced persistent threats are highly skilled (advanced) and well funded so that they can spend a great deal of time and effort (persistent) trying to compromise a single organization.
unlike conventional cybercriminals who will go after as many victims as possible in order to achieve their goal of financial profit, advanced persistent threats have relatively few targets because what they're after isn't so widely available that everyone has it. APT is well suited to espionage (including industrial espionage) and sabotage, especially (in the case of so-called cyberwar offensives) sabotage of infrastructural operations such as power generation or water pumping stations.
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