Hackers Same for Carla Bruni-Related Phishing Campaign and European Foreign Ministry Intrusion
Security Company FireEye, which lately revealed how computer attackers hacked into the PCs of 5 foreign ministries of Europe prior to the September 2013 G-20 Summit, now states that 2-yrs ago in 2011 at the time of the Paris-held G-20 Summit, the same attackers pledged to offer naked photographs of France's first lady Carla Bruni, published The Sydney Morning Herald dated December 11, 2013.
The attackers named their operation "snake," according to FireEye based in USA. The command-and-control (C&C) server used in the campaign carried one string referred to as "g20news" that possibly suggests the attack had to do with finance ministers of the Paris-scheduled G-20 Meet.
Nart Villeneuve, Researcher at FireEye said that the e-mail ids utilized for dispatching the malware files contained the word "consulate" that too suggested the probability of political intention behind the assault, reported The Sydney Morning Herald.
Villeneuve stated that FireEye collected clue regarding "snake" merely via examining e-mails along with malevolent code.
The assault, believably still continues to spread, emanating from China, as per the security company.
One Paris-located official had stated that nearly every recipient of the e-mail became convinced of the lure. Daily Telegraph published this dated December 12, 2013.
And as per reports from nydailynews.com, some of the recipients of the enticing e-mail that invited users to click on a link for viewing nude photos of Carla Bruni, included representatives from Bulgaria, Portugal, Czechoslovakia, Latvia and Hungary.
The first embarrassment since seeing Ms. Bruni's nude photos for Mr. Sarkozy, former President of France, was soon following their wedding during February 2008.
The assaults continue to be investigated, while it remains unclear as to the kind of information the phishing campaign actually extracted; however, the virus understandably targeted U.S officials, authorized entities recently disclosed.
Many high-profile cyber assaults had been launched following which, nations of the world have become enormously concerned about security online. To enhance Internet security, the Government of Britain announced several measures, one being the "kitemark" cyber-security solution to protect corporate houses. It as well resulted in a French Agency's creation during 2009 that would uphold National Security of Information Systems.
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