Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Attack Aimed at Foreign Journalists in China

Infowar Monitor has posted a short analysis of a cyber attack targeting foreign journalists based in China including "Reuters, the Straits Times, Dow Jones, Agence France Presse, and Ansa." The attack consisted of an email from a purported journalists interested in visiting China containing an attached PDF file with malware. The technique appears to be related to previous attacks with political motivation in the region:
"The malware exploits vulnerabilities in the Adobe PDF Reader, and its behaviour matches that of malware used in previous attacks dating back to 2008. This malware was found on computers at the Offices of Tibet in London, and has used political themes in malware attachments in the past."
The post also provides some speculation on motives and attribution.

Targeted Malware Attack on Foreign Correspondents based in China

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