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Cyber Attacks from Chinese Hackers Likely to Reappear

According Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer, F-Secure, recent cyber attacks by hackers in China against Google as well as other U.S. organizations are expected to increase two times or more during 2010 given the speed of attacks observed during January-February 2010 continues. PCWorld published this on March 7, 2010.

F-Secure reported that the Chinese attacks against Google and others have been rising over the last couple of years, with about 1,968 such attacks taking place in 2008. This figure shot up to 2,195 in 2009, suggesting the sure rise in the volume of cyber assaults originating from China. The security firm added that there've been by now 895 cyber attacks originating from the country in 2010, which is greatly disturbing.

Besides, Hypponen stated that the attacks were distinct from malware-based assaults since they attack particular organizations across the world. TECH.BLORGE published this on March 7, 2010.

While attacks based on malware may normally target anyone, the Chinese attacks have been exclusive such as the Operation Aurora, which attacked Google in 2010. More assaults have struck advocates of human rights that seemingly happen every month.

The assaults involve a spear phishing e-mail of professional nature that is sent to someone in the target organization. It carries a malicious program in its PDF attachment, which when opened exploits a PDF flaw to plant a Trojan.

Reportedly, these e-mails include phishing messages in English or other European languages, appearing to have been written by native speakers of the particular language. Hypponen said that it was this trick that preyed on people effectively.

He also said that a few infections have been running successfully for a long-term. In one such instance, a British military contractor's laptop transmitted data to a Taiwan-based IP address, which remained undetected for 18 months.

Moreover, despite all efforts to locate the attackers, no firm clues have been found to suggest that they are based in China. As speculated by some, there may be the involvement of the Chinese government, while some other believe that neighbors, like Romania, Russia and other eastern European nations, might be carrying out these attacks concealing their identities behind the massive network of China.

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» SPAMfighter News - 12-03-2010

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